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Diagnosis: This Could Take a While

Could there be serious problems with Britain's National Health Service?

4:01 PM, Apr 19, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
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Perhaps one of the most astute observations by Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales, who recently reviewed the U.K. debate among Labour's Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Conservative David Cameron, and Liberal Nick Clegg:

Questions about the National Health Service contained details that could well give the jitters to Americans already worried about recently approved health-care reform. Brown vowed that henceforth, all necessary operations would be performed within 18 weeks of diagnosis, which didn't sound very speedy and made one wonder how long the wait is now.

The short answer is, a very long time.

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