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Labour leader pledges to 'save the health service'

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Speaking at the Labour Party conference in Manchester, Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition, pointed to long waiting times for GP appointments and the decline in the number of nurses during the Coalition's tenure in government as signs that the NHS needed rescuing.

Mr Miliband promised to do 'whatever it takes' to improve the service and reverse NHS privatisation.

He also repeated his vow to reduce waiting times for general practice appointments to a maximum of 48 hours.

Finally, he pledged to repeal the Health and Social Care Act, which established CCGs in 2011. Whether CCGs would be replaced by primary care trusts similar to the ones abolished by the act or a novel system remained unclear.

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