Parties need a dose of realism over NHS funding promises

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A notable feature of this election campaign has been the NHS bidding war between the political parties (Lib Dems outline mission to make mental health a funding priority, 31 March; Tories pledge extra £8 billion a year for NHS, 11 April; Miliband vows to train 1,000 more nurses, 21 April). Promises of additional funding are welcome, but it is important to be clear about what they will pay for.

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