Cameron pledge to slash costs of running NHS

Author: By James Tapsfield, Press Association

The Conservative leader repeated his pledge to ring-fence the health budget,
but insisted that money would be better spent.

The £4.5bn annual bill for administering the NHS is “astonishing”, and must be
slashed by a third over the next four years, he said.

In a speech in London setting out Tory priorities for the NHS, Mr Cameron
insisted: “Spending on the NHS cannot stand still.

“But that does not mean we are simply going to pour money in as Labour have
done.

“If we change nothing, and if productivity keeps falling at the rate it is
today, then even with real-terms increases in spending we couldn’t hope to
cope with the pressures on the NHS.

“That’s why, as well as those increases, we urgently need reform to make our
whole health service more efficient.

“We are determined that a Conservative pound will go much further than a
Labour pound.”

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