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Cancer and stroke funds criticised

The Conservatives have accused the Department of Health (DH) of not doing enough to tackle the differences in cancer and stroke funding across the country.

Speaking at Commons question time, shadow health spokesman Mark Simmonds said there are huge disparities between primary care trusts, and that the funding differences are "failing to match the prevalence of the disease".

He said a Tory government would match Labour's spending on health and make the NHS its number one priority, and added: "There's significant evidence of enormous disparities in cancer and stroke funding between trusts, clearly currently failing to reflect the prevalence of the disease together with top slicing of primary care trust budgets which exacerbates funding inequalities."

And he asked why it had taken the government so long to bring forward funding formula proposals which would "match the burden of disease".

But health minister Ben Bradshaw said that considerable new funding for stroke and cancer care had been announced in the last few weeks.

He said: "There has been massive strides on cancer and strokes in this country and it is the party opposite that opposes some of the very important reorganisations that would help improve stroke care even further."

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