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NHS funding on Labour’s election agenda

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Labour will focus on NHS

Ed Miliband will position the NHS as one of the central issues in Labour's election campaign.

He is thought to want to exempt the NHS from Labour's planned deficit cuts by designating borrowing specifically for the health service.

Mr Miliband believes that the NHS is one of the key issues that will affect voters' decisions in 2015. It is also thought that he is considering a specific tax to boost healthcare funding.

Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, has proposed merging social care and the NHS, claiming this would save taxpayers' money by keeping elderly patients out of hospitals.

Senior Labour figures are expected to finalise the decision this month ahead of the Labour Party's annual conference on 21-24 September.

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