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How the NHS will die

An explosion of "self-pay" procedures is the beginning of the end

By Mark Hellowell   February 2018

Junior doctors protest against contract changes. But is there actually a chance the NHS will collapse? Photo: Flickr/Rohin Francis

The financial pressure facing the NHS has never been greater. The decision to cancel all non-urgent operations in January signals that it can no longer guarantee universal access to comprehensive care. Nurses are leaving in droves, and below the radar, the status of the NHS as the habitual provider of medical services to the great bulk of British citizens is beginning to crumble, with more patients going private—even for things like…

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