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Enemies of a free NHS.

DOUBTS that the NHS can ever be safe in Conservative hands are reinforced when prominent right-wingers start talking about charging patients.

David Cameron's assurances have long rung hollow when he treats public spending as a disease, and presents cuts in public services as a cure for the ailing economy.

His party was against the creation of the health service and its commitment to one of Britain's greatest, if not the greatest, institutions is not well-founded.

This week the Tory-friendly Social Market Foundation thinktank advocated a pounds 20 fee to see a doctor.

And now a right-winger who flaunts his connections with the party's leadership is floating what is euphemistically termed "co-payments" for the sick.

Either Mr Cameron publicly denounces these people and their madcap schemes, or the electorate should brace itself for any Tory Government to charge for what is now free.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 23, 2009
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