Quick Guide:Health issues
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Hospital waiting

Patient choice

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Heart disease and cancer

Investment

Public health

Patient choice
Patients are being promised choice about where they are treated

All the main parties are offering patients a choice of where and how they have their treatment.

Labour promises a choice of four or five hospitals by next year while the Liberal Democrats are offering a choice of any consultant, if cost effective.

The Tories say they will give the choice of any hospital with the option of 50% of the NHS cost to go private - a policy Labour says will cost 1.2bn.

GPs will be pivotal in helping patients navigate the NHS and make their choice.