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This section of the Key Issues 2015 publication focuses on health services and its funding. This briefing was prepared by House of Commons Library researchers for Members of the new Parliament in 2015 and includes analysis of a range of subjects.
At the start of the 2010 Parliament, the NHS was faced with the most austere funding settlement in its history.
The unprecedented funding constraints that the NHS faced during the last Parliament look set to continue in this one. Meanwhile, the population is growing and ageing, and more people are living with multiple and chronic health problems.
A post-antibiotic era—in which common infections and minor injuries can kill—far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century
There is continuing concern about high levels of drinking and its effects on health and public order, and a widespread belief that much of the alcohol that contributes to these social problems is irresponsibly priced and sold.
Whilst there may be a perception that the UK has successfully tackled air pollution, this is still an area of concern.
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