Sunday Express - Sun 16 Dec 2001 - Page 37

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LabourŐs medicine for the NHS is no cure-all

E ALL want better healthcare in this country but it is not just a matter of how cW much money is spent. Patients are waiting longer to see a GP, longer in Accident & Emergency and longer for their operations. Someone with stomach cancer here has only an eight per cent chance of surviving five years.

CROSS Tory leader on target after 100 days

AS HE approaches his 100th day in charge of the Tories tomorrow Iain Duncan Smith has much to reflect on, but friends say he is warming to his task. Tough talk that he would get only 18 months to prove himself has faded in recent weeks. After he refused to say he would "never" return to frontline politics during a recent appearance on Desert Island Discs ? just as THE Paul Marsden affair may have been messy for Labour but it very nearly drew blood within the Liberal Democrats, where the maverick Shrewsbury and Atcham MP has now found a home.

Chuffed to puff q

But the footballer's elderly father, Tolek, was rather more overwhelmed.

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