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In data: May’s 70th birthday bailout won’t be enough to save the NHS

We're all going to pay for the NHS's 70th birthday bailout. Before long, it'll need another. How will we pay for it?

By Tom Clark   July 2018

The NHS was a robust 60 year old. But it looks so frail as it notches up three score years and ten that Theresa May, who used to resent the “ring-fencing” that protected it from outright budget cuts, has decided it needs emergency treatment.

That is no surprise to the experts: today’s NHS has endured the longest squeeze in its history. Budgets have crept up, but not fast enough to keep pace with the big pressures like ageing, and at only a fraction of the rate it has previously required.

After the largesse of New Labour, the service initially coped…

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