Public votes health as the top spending priority

Health should be the number one government priority, according to a YouGov survey for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Health is the top spending priority
Health is the top spending priority

The survey questioned 2000 members of the general public. Health was voted the top spending priority for the next government ahead of law and order, education, defence and the environment.

The survey also demonstrated the general public's overwhelming support for the health service, with more than nine out of ten (93 per cent) people saying that they valued the NHS as an essential, free public service.

Nearly three-quarters of people surveyed believed that reduced investment would lead to increased waiting times and patients being denied access to key services. Seventy-one percent agreed that patients should be charged for some NHS services that were currently free.

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