Britain's Osborne pledges pre-election healthcare funding boost

November 30, 2014 11:24 AM

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Britain's Osborne pledges pre-election healthcare funding boost

LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister George Osborne announced a 2 billion pound annual increase in healthcare spending on Sunday, seeking to counter political attacks on his Conservative party's handling of the health service six months before an election.

The National Health Service (NHS), which provides free healthcare at the point of delivery, is highly valued by voters and an issue on which opinion polls show Prime Minister David Cameron's center-right Conservative party traditionally lag their main rivals, Labour.

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