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Lib Dems launch “manifesto to save NHS” with pledges on GP access and cancer

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 11 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1288
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The Liberal Democrats have placed health at the heart of their UK general election manifesto with headline pledges to boost GP access, tackle long waits for treatment, and transform cancer care.

Launching the manifesto on 10 June,1 the Lib Dem leader Ed Davey said that the party had produced “a bold, ambitious and fully costed plan to tackle the health and care crisis from top to bottom. This is a manifesto to save the NHS.”

Combined commitments on health and social care will cost £9.4bn a year by 2028-29, with £8.35bn spent on the NHS and social care and £1.1bn invested in hospitals and the primary care estate, said the party in an accompanying costing document.2 This would be funded by reversing tax breaks on banks and closing loopholes on capital …

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