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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2001): National Health Service - Funding

£10,000 OFFER TO KEEP GPs OVER 60

D. Charter

Times, Mar. 13th 2001, p. 1

Reports that the government plans to invest £10,000 in a bond for every GP who agrees not to retire until 65 in order to help prevent an expected shortage of family doctors.

BUDGET CASH WILL NOT CURE OUR AILING NATIONAL TREASURE

M. Wilson

Times, Mar. 6th 2001, p. 29

Argues that throwing money at the NHS will not solve its problems, because it does not know how to spend effectively.

CONTROL EXPERIMENT

A. McGauran

Health Service Journal, vol. 111, Mar. 8th 2001, p. 12-13

Points out that the Health and Social Care Bill currently before Parliament will empower the Health Secretary to privatise clinical services through public-private partnerships.

TORIES PLAN TO EXPAND PRIVATE HEALTHCARE

G. Hurst

Times, Feb. 21st 2001, p. 16

The Conservatives are proposing encouraging company health insurance schemes by abolishing the extra national insurance charged to employers which offer private medical cover. Employees would no longer be taxed on health insurance schemes as a benefit in kind.

(See also Independent, Feb. 21st 2001, p. 9; Financial Times, Feb. 21st 2001, p. 5)