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Will the NHS get the money it needs?

Government funding promises sound good—but they hide potential cuts

By Nigel Edwards & Mark Dayan  

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Many senior Whitehall civil servants will spend August locked away from the summer sun, pacing around whiteboards and poring over spreadsheets as they process the Chancellor’s order to cut 40 per cent from non-protected departments. Coming on top of years of austerity, these are cuts beyond efficiency, trimming or skimping. They mean redesigning whole areas of life so that the public sector does less and the private sector…

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