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Love-in for health service looms large in British election

Rival parties are locked in a war of funding promises - and warm words - for overburdened NHS


"OH, you girls are lovely. I wouldn't do your job for all the money in the world," says the elderly orthopaedic patient as two nurses help her off a bedpan. Across the ward, another woman on the mend after a fall says her stay has cured a life-long fear of hospitals.