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Method in NHS charges?

Michael Watson examines NHS prescription and dental charges, is more or less better?

George Osborne’s spending review for 2015/16 was the major political story of the week. NHS funding continues to be ring-fenced, but increasing demand within a capped budget means that so called ‘efficiency savings’ (cuts to you and me) will be a feature for the foreseeable future.

The chancellor’s statement overshadowed at debate at the BMA’s Annual Representative meeting in Edinburgh which called for an honest public debate about how the NHS continues ‘to deliver high-quality patient care in a climate of declining resources’. In proposing the motion, a doctor did suggest that top-up fees might be one possible option.

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