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More money alone won’t save the NHS

It will only support a broken system

By Alexander Hitchcock  

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If the winter healthcare crisis seems acute this year, imagine how it would feel if the NHS didn’t exist. Figures from the Office for Budget Responsibility released yesterday show that, on the current trajectory, our spending on healthcare cannot be sustained. It is projected to rise from 6.9 per cent of GDP in 2021-22 to 12.6 per cent of GDP in 2066-67. This rise cannot be explained by any single reason, but a significant driver is that people are living longer,…

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