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The future of the NHS

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All three main political parties have laid out their plans for the NHS



  • No more real term increases in funding

  • £15bn to £20bn efficiency savings over next four years

  • A personalised NHS

  • All targets scrapped

  • Personal health budgets

  • Publish data about performance of doctors

  • New National Care Service for elderly



  • Retain Labour's spending plan for 2010/2011

  • Increased spending in following years

  • All targets scrapped

  • Reduced bureaucracy

  • More control by doctors and nurses

  • Performance tables on every medical person

  • Personal health budgets

  • Residential care costs for the over-65s in England to be paid in return for a one-off £8000 fee

  • Cut cost of NHS quangos and management by a third in England

  • Reform dentistry

  • Dental check-ups at school



  • Who-ever wins, the NHS will have to reduce what it does

  • Efficiency savings can only do a small amount

  • Private health and other insurers will have to fill the gaps

  • Do not dismiss Lib-Dem policy, if is a hung parliament they will have a loud voice

Health insurance: News update: 4 December 2009