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General election delivers hung parliament

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Will a hung parliament impact Tory manifesto pledges for the health service?

Friday morning the UK awoke to the news of a hung parliament in the wake of the general election.

The Conservative Party notched up the most seats and won the right to have first crack at forming a government in alliance with whichever other party was willing to enter an agreement with it. At the time of writing it has been reported that Prime Minister Theresa May has struck a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, whose 10 seats added to her 318 would give her the parliamentary majority she needs.

Under these circumstances, the likelihood is that the Conservative manifesto policies for the future of the NHS will be implemented.

Meanwhile, for rolling coverage of the fallout from the general election see our reports on the Health Service Journal website.

The Wellards Annual Conference has expert analysis and comment, including on what the general election result might mean for the industry and the health service. The NHS — the future now: How should industry work with the new NHS? takes place on 21 June at the King’s Fund, London. Register now.

Further information

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