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Cutting the NHS makes sense

The ring fence protects the NHS from necessary change

By Thomas Cawston  


For months Whitehall has been bracing itself for the coalition’s second spending review. Cabinet ministers and civil servants have been earnestly lobbying the Treasury to withhold the axe of further cuts. One department that will definitely be spared will be the NHS, despite being one of the few “ring fenced” services that has seen spending increase since 2010. Economists (and jealous ministers) have been pushing the Prime Minister hard to review his pre-election commitment…

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