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General election live: Diane Abbott says she has been banned from standing for Labour at election - BBC News General election live: Sunak and Starmer agree first head-to-head election TV debate next week - BBC News
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As we've been reporting, Labour's latest campaign policy is about the NHS - specifically it's a promise that a target to start treatment within 18 weeks in England will be hit within five years. Here's a bit more on ITV's announcement that Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer's first TV debate will take place next Tuesday at 21:00.
Earlier, it was put to shadow health secretary Wes Streeting on BBC Breakfast that NHS waiting lists in Wales - where Labour is in power - have reached record highs. The hour-long debate will be moderated by Julie Etchingham, who moderated debates in 2015, 2017 and 2019. It will take place live in front of a studio audience.
He responded by saying the health service is in crisis "in every part of the UK, because decisions taken in Westminster don't just affect England, but Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland". It will be the first of a number of debates between party leaders ahead of the election on 4 July.
"If the Conservatives get another five years in power there is a genuine risk, based on Rishi Sunak's performance to date, that we'll see NHS waiting lists rise as high as 10 million," he said.
"Huge numbers" of people were opting to go private where they could afford it, Streeting added. "I'm not going to see working class people left behind while operating theatres in private hospitals are left empty."
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