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Private treatment is not the answer to the NHS crisis | Editorial

Patients in England are paying for surgery to avoid long waiting times. This is a worrying trend Waiting has long been the National Health Service’s chronic disease. In 1999, heart surgeons in Middlesbrough used to tell their patients that they had a 5% chance of dying while on the waiting list. Under Labour’s strict targets, waiting times fell. But lately they have risen again.
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