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Labour this week said it would spend £100 million on a new generation of community hospitals, providing diagnosis, day surgery and outpatient facilities. The Conservatives said they would spend £300 million on five new children's hospitals, while the Liberal Democrats would scrap charges for eye and dental checks and make personal care for the elderly free funded from a new higher tax rate.
We asked our panel of floating voters: Which party's proposals would be the best use of NHS cash?
Which party's proposals would be the best use of NHS cash?
The LibDems' promise looks good, practical and achievable, whereas Labour promises everything and then finds excuses. I feel comfortable with the Conservative promise as it would be beneficial for the whole of society.
Dr Surendra Misra, Kettering
I am afraid I find this collection
of proposals deeply depressing. They are reducing the serious issue of health and illness care to a Dutch auction. The Lib Dems is by far the best of this bunch as it corrects some major injustices.
Dr Peter Davies, Halifax
Thumbs up for Labour this week. The Tories' proposal is too specific and there's nothing for Scottish voters! The LibDems would need to sort out the ongoing debacle of access to a dentist before scrapping charges.
Dr Mike Blackmore, Aberdeen
John Reid: a guarded thumbs up. Bringing hospitals closer to communities is probably a good idea. Conservatives: equivocal. I don't think we need more children's hospitals. LibDems: thumbs down. A far bigger problem is the lack of NHS dentists.
Dr Rachel Sykes, Doncaster