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Are public service cuts inevitable?


As the general election campaign gets under way, all the main political parties are looking for ways to slash the deficit. Are cuts in the NHS and the wider public sector inevitable? Have your say in the Nursing Times poll

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Are public service cuts inevitable after the general election?

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Readers' comments (5)

  • The amateurs playing monopoly at Whitehall have run out of funny money and we can't be trusted to vote them back for a return leg if they tell us the truth.

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  • ever time there is an election campaign, the main political party looks at ways to slash the deficts in public spending , and yet it was public money help the banks to stay a float, why can't we have the profits and bonuses paid to banks to pay for public services and at the same time have politiction who are a public service have the same pay rise as every one who works for the public. The money that we save can go on to public sending.

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  • You can't trust politicians. They will privatise the NHS in time. This is already going on in primary care. Yes there will be huge cuts to NHS jobs and yes this will affect patient's adversely. Politicians are liars.

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  • Why is everyone so scared of privatisation in healthcare? If the company providing it don't do a good job they get dropped; unlike the present system where 400 unnecessary deaths get swept under the carpet.

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  • private companies are not a problem, on the other hand the privatisation of the nhs provides a baseline for the many. it may not be perfect but look at this country before the nhs and look at countries without then tell me privatisation will be a good thind for all.

    also cuts are already happening...just not where the brown/blair tories in socialists clothing gang have their pet projects e.g. the massively successful computer networks or PFI.

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