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Health and social care: how does Labour’s manifesto stack up?

The party promises much-needed funds but do its plans raise the spectre of another reorganisation?

By Hugh Alderwick  

Photo: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

The NHS has been central to Labour’s election campaign so far. But the arrival of the party’s manifesto gives us a clearer picture of what a Labour government would mean for health and care.

The most eye-catching pledge is for more cash—and lots of it. The manifesto promises a 4.3 per cent real terms annual increase in the health budget over the next parliament. If delivered, this would see spending on…

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