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‘We’ve got a health system that’s the envy of the world,’ minister tells astonished charities

9 August 2017 Rachel Thomas - Stuff

The world is green with envy when it looks at our health system, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has told a room full of bemused cancer charity bosses.

“If you stand back and go to the World Health Organisation, where I was two months ago, you will realise we have got a health system that’s the envy of the world. And I think we have got to have that perspective,” Coleman said.

His comments were initially greeted with stunned silence. But Siobhan Conroy, chief executive of the Unicorn Foundation, said later: “Actually, I think we are the laughing stock.

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