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Labour promises increased NHS funding and free dental care

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 19 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6585
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

We’re another week into the election campaign, and politicians from the two major parties are still battling it out to prove who loves the NHS more.

The shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, and shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, have announced that the Labour Party would increase NHS spending by £26bn (€30.4bn; $33.4bn) in real terms between now and 2023-24 if elected next month, outspending the Conservatives’ existing commitment by more than £6bn.1

Labour’s settlement would increase the budget for England’s Department of Health and Social Care by an …

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