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When will the government learn? You cannot have a first class health service on third class funding

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s NHS commitments in the Budget were welcome, but he did not go nearly far enough

By Anita Charlesworth  

Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/PA Images

The Chancellor’s nickname is Spreadsheet Phil—he is not seen as a risk-taker. But much of the pre-Budget commentary stressed that Wednesday could not be a “steady as she goes” affair. The politics and economics of our age demand action.

For many people one of the big tests for this Budget was how the Chancellor would address the toll that seven years of austerity has taken on our major public services. Would he be bold, break from the tight constraints of the spending limits imposed by…

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