Speaking at the King's Fund, party leader Nick Clegg proposed a system of 'entitlements' which would set maximum waiting times.
'Where a health service provider fails to deliver those entitlements they will be legally obliged to pay for it in whichever facility can provide it: public or private,' he said.
Mr Clegg also announced proposals to alter GP funding to make it more attractive to practise in deprived areas.
'By altering the criteria of the quality framework or attaching a greater financial premium to poorer patients, we can invest more in the health of those who are most in need,' he said.
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