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NHS in crisis… again

7:00pm, Thursday 23 February 2017, The Sun (not The Sun Tavern), 21 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5RH

When the Leave campaign claimed the £350 million the UK pays the EU every week would be spent on the NHS if we left, it caused controversy with critics. As A&Es struggled once more to cope with demand this winter there was more controversy as the Red Cross declared a ‘humanitarian crisis’. But why is the NHS seemingly in constant crisis – whether its patients on trolleys, overworked GPs or striking junior doctors? Can the NHS be reformed or is major surgery required if it’s to make a full recovery? Does its officially ‘cherished’ status, underlined by the significance attached to it during the EU Referendum, make it more difficult to have a rational debate about what should be done?

Listen to the introductory comments:


Dave Clements
convenor, Academy of Ideas Social Policy Forum


Red Cross attacked for describing winter pressures in A&E as ‘humanitarian crisis’, Telegraph, 9 January 2017

Families asked to take over ‘daunting’ care duties so hospital patients can be sent home earlier, Telegraph, 12 January 2017

NHS spending per person will be cut next year, ministers confirm, Independent, 28 January 2017

NHS: The State Religion, spiked, 10 January 2017

The NHS: still worth defending?, video of Battle of Ideas debate, October 2015

NHS Health Check
A week of coverage by BBC News examining the state of the NHS across the UK

The King’s Fund

NHS Five Year Forward View

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