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Free care is patients' top NHS priority

An NHS that is free at the point of use is the number one priority for patients, a new survey has revealed.

The poll, commissioned by YouGov and the Fabian Society for the NHS's 60th birthday, asked the public to vote for their three most important features of the NHS.

The survey of 2,000 patients also found also strong support for making all clinical treatments available regardless of cost, and short waiting lists.

Tom Hampson, Fabian editorial director, said: ‘Our health poll shows that the British public want NHS treatment to be fair to everyone, which includes the same treatments being available to patients, wherever they live in the country.'

The public's top three were as follows:

1. free at the point of use

2. all treatments should be offered to patients irrespective of cost

3. and nobody should have to wait more than three months for an operation.

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