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Political parties "not capable of running the NHS"

A poll has found one in three people believe there is no major political party that is capable of running the NHS.

According to the research for AXA PPP, which provides private health insurance, 29% of the 2,000 people surveyed said "none" of the parties could run the health service.

However, of those who thought a specific party could, 27% chose the Conservatives and 26% chose Labour, even though 63% of people associate the Labour Party with the NHS.

Other figures show that only 20% of the participants think the extra NHS funding under Labour policy has been well spent.

People questioned were concerned about staff having to meet government targets, with 62% of people saying NHS staff were now more concerned with hitting targets than ensuring the quality of patient care was suitable.

Just one in four people said the NHS was managing the issue of cleanliness in hospitals and 62% said they would be worried about catching an infection if they needed to stay in a hospital.

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