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Policy report: The NHS in winter

When every year feels chillier than the last, what are the solutions?

It’s easier being shadow health secretary than the real thing at the moment. The last couple of winters have been desperate in many hospitals, and Jonathan Ashworth (below) doesn’t miss a trick in drawing together the abundant evidence that this year’s could be worse.

But the NHS’s disease is easier to diagnose than cure. Does it, as Labour sometimes suggests, all boil down to money? In the first few years of austerity, there was room for argument—the squeeze that began around 2010 did not immediately translate into worse services for patients,…

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