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David Cameron renews 'seven day NHS' promise

Prime Minister David Cameron has renewed his pledge to boost NHS funding and create a "seven-day" health service in his first major speech since the Tory’s election victory.

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£8bn extra 'won't fund' Govt's seven-day NHS pledge

The extra £8bn of funding pledged for the NHS will not fund all the promises the Tories have made for a seven-day service, an influential health think-tank has said.

Professor Chris Ham, chief executive of the King's Fund, told the Today programme: "That's welcomed but that will really help to keep existing services running, it won't fund all the new commitments we have heard of during the election campaign, including seven-day working".

Professor Chris Ham, chief executive of the King's Fund Credit: PA Wire

"We must make sure there's enough cash in the system to pay for the extra staff to deliver a seven-day service.

"Secondly we've got to pay much more attention to workforce planning and training,ensuring we've got enough doctors, nurses and other staff coming through to deliver.

"But the third thing is it's not just about more, it's about doing things differently.

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