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NHS main concern in election


13 January 2015

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The NHS has overtaken immigration as voters main concern for the first time since July.

A poll coducted by ComRes on behalf of ITV showed that more than half of UK voters list the NHS as one of their top three priorities, up 11 points from 39% last month.

In comparison only 46% of the public listed immigration as a top three concern and reducing the deficit was sited by 19% of voters.

The NHS has overtaken immigration as voters main concern for the first time since July.

A poll coducted by ComRes on behalf of ITV showed that more than half of UK voters list the NHS as one of their top three priorities, up 11 points from 39% last month.

In comparison only 46% of the public listed immigration as a top three concern and reducing the deficit was sited by 19% of voters.

This month a number 14 hospitals have already declared major incident alerts as they were unable to cope with patient numbers over the festive period. Furthermore, an exodus of senior nursing staff, and strikes over nurses pay have all made the headlines during the last year.

Asked in more detail what they would like to see happen to improve the NHS, 71% of the public think significant organisational reform is needed.

Three quarters of respondents said they thought patients expect more from the NHS than they did 20 years ago.

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