Is Darling's spending review a good deal for the NHS?

Publication:  Health Service Journal
Reference:  Health Service Journal, 25 October 2007

The government's fifth spending review since 1997 was delayed by a year and became the second to be suffixed by the word 'comprehensive'. Regardless of its comprehensiveness, all too comprehensible was the bald bottom line for the Chancellor: in order to meet the government's borrowing forecasts, public spending needed to fall and tax receipts rise as a share of national income. The Institute for Fiscal Studies' pre-spending review briefing note made this clear, and pointed out that all previous spending reviews planned (and delivered) a rising share of national income devoted to public spending.

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