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In his 2012 Tory Party conference speech, David Cameron said: “I’ll tell you what is down. Waiting lists – down. Mixed wards – down. The number of managers – down. Bureaucratic targets – down. Hospital infections – down. And what’s up? The number of doctors, the number of dentists, the number of midwives, the number […]

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In his 2012 Tory Party conference speech, David Cameron said: “We made a big decision to protect the NHS from spending cuts.” However, the NHS budget has been cut two years running. Official Treasury figures confirm that since 2009/10 NHS spending has fallen from £105,073 million to £104,333 million in real terms.

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Two months after coming to power, health secretary Andrew Lansley scrapped two key NHS waiting time targets. He said: “I want to free the NHS from bureaucracy, and targets that have no clinical justification, and move to an NHS which measures its performance on patient outcomes.” Following a rise in waiting times, however, the government […]

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As justification for reforming the NHS, David Cameron told the House of Commons in January 2011: “This country now has European levels of health spending but does not have European levels of success in our health service.” Health systems are complex things, and it is almost inevitable that some healthcare systems will be stronger in […]

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In August, the Department of Health announced plans to scrap the medical helpline NHS Direct and replace it with NHS 111, a cut-price service staffed by non-specialist ‘call advisers’. The DoH said: “When NHS 111 is rolled out nationally, it will replace NHS Direct… It is important that we deliver the best possible service for […]

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During the election campaign, David Cameron outlined the Conservatives’ pensioner pledge, which included a “personal promise to protect the Winter Fuel Payment”. The Tory leader vowed: “I will protect your Winter Fuel Payment.” However, a few months on, the government has announced that older people will have to wait at least six years longer to […]

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One day, Tory ministers propose the scrapping of free milk for under-fives, as the Telegraph reported: The government is considering scrapping free milk for under-fives as part of the spending cuts. Ministers said there was no evidence the Nursery Milk scheme improved health and, at a cost of around £50 million a year, was too […]

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The Coalition Agreement stated: “We will stop the top-down reorganisations of the NHS that have got in the way of patient care.” However, health secretary Andrew Lansley’s white paper contains proposals for huge changes to the service, as the BBC reports: The NHS in England is to undergo a major restructuring in one of the […]

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