There is no date yet but a row over a British pensioner’s medical case appears to signal the start of campaigning in the UK election. Margaret Dixon has had a planned operation on a broken shoulder cancelled seven times.
The opposition Conservatives have taken up her case as an example of what they regard as the Labour government’s mismanagement of the public health service. The two parties have become involved in bitter exchanges over the affair with accusations of lying from both sides. The Conservatives under leader Michael Howard have claimed it shows Labour’s health policies are not working. The government has said the opposition are exploiting an individual’s suffering for political gain. Health is likely to be major issue in the forthcoming election which analysts believe could be in early May.