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The National Health Service 22 Jan 2010
NHS graphic for Budget Day report
What are the Priorities?

As most of us are all too aware – the country is not in the best of shape when it comes to its financial health. All the main parties are warning us to gird our loins and expect cuts, cuts and more cuts, whoever wins the next election. But one area, it seems, is out of bounds when it comes to the axe – both the Conservatives and Labour are united in their promise to protect the NHS. The Liberal Democrats are more circumspect and say nothing should be a ‘no go area’. So can - and should - the health service be ring fenced? Even if it isn’t cut, it’s unlikely it’s going to get more cash than it does now, meaning hard choices will need to be made, as treatments costs rise and we all live longer. Women are the traditional front line consumers of health care – child birth and child care mean we’re more likely than men to experience the NHS first hand. It’s also ranked as one of the most important issues for women when it comes to how they are going to vote. As part of our ‘Winning Women’s Votes’ series we are asking – if you were in charge, what would you do with the NHS?
Dr Paul Charlson, Hull GP and member of Doctors for Reform and Chair of The Conservative Medical Society and Kathy Teale,Consultant Anaesthetist and member of the NHS Consultants Association join Jenni to discuss the issues. 
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