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Observations Health Policy

The NHS and our next prime minister

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 08 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4554
  1. Andy Cowper, editor, Health Policy Insight, London, UK
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Of the two Tory leader candidates, who might be better for the nation’s health?

The Tories are again holding their regular festival of anointing a new leader for the party to destroy over the issue of Europe.

Former mayor of London Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson enjoys immense advantages and influence: public fame, Brexit advocacy, a column in the Daily Telegraph. But it would be unwise to rule out the chances of the former health secretary Jeremy Richard Streynsham Hunt. Johnson is repeatedly ducking head to head debates, performing terribly in his major broadcast interviews, and may or may not have weathered the storm of a publicised domestic row with his new partner. Recent opinion polls of the general public by Ipsos MORI …

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