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NHS long-term plan: this is very far from “job done”

The government is giving with one hand and taking away with the other

Photo: Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/PA Images

After nine years of austerity, 2019 is the year of extra funding for the NHS. Back in June 2018, the prime minister marked the NHS’s 70thanniversary with a pledge to increase health service funding by £20.5bn above inflation over five years. A new long-term plan on how to spend the money was launched on Monday with commitments to improve mental health, cancer and maternity care.

For the NHS and its patients, the extra money can’t come soon enough: services are struggling at or…

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