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Blair's No to paying for seeing the doctor.

Premier Blair yesterday ruled out making the sick pay to visit the doctor.

He vowed there would be no sweeping NHS charges, pledging his government would revive the service - not destroy it.

New Health Secretary Frank Dobson had said a "no holds barred" review of pounds 34billion spending would look at all options.

Mr Blair, visiting the Midlands, said: "We have got to look at ways to get value for money.

"But we will not do anything which is against the principle of the NHS or our manifesto.

"For heaven's sake, we were elected to rebuild the NHS which we will do, not to undermine it like the Tories did."

It had been suggested that patients might be charged for GP surgery visits, home call-outs and pay hospital `hotel' bills.

Tories warned it would be "a great betrayal" and doctors' and nurses' leaders reacted angrily.

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Date:Jun 14, 1997
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