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Tories warn Cameron NHS 'on brink of collapse'

Senior Tories have called on David Cameron to increase NHS spending significantly as a former health minister forecasts a collapse in the service within five years, according to the Observer.

General view of signage for the Emergency Department at a hospital in Basingstoke. Credit: PA

Stephen Dorrell, a former Conservative health secretary, Sarah Wollaston, a Tory MP, and Paul Burstow, a former coalition health minister, say that with the economy growing the NHS must receive a real terms increase in spending over the next five years if it is to function properly.

Paul Burstow, a Liberal Democrat health minister in the first two years of the coalition government, said he believed the NHS needed an extra £15bn from the Treasury over the next five years "if you don't want the system to collapse during the course of the next parliament".