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Sixty seconds on . . . the NHS funding bill

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 20 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m223
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

This sounds important

Ministers would like you to think so. The newly re-elected Conservative government has published a bill to enshrine in law its manifesto pledge of a “historic” £33.9bn (€39.7bn; $44bn) extra a year for the NHS by the end of the parliamentary term.

What’s historic about it?

The government says it’s the biggest cash boost the NHS has ever had. This is technically correct, but only because this …

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