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Policy report: as it emerges from its darkest hour, where does the NHS go next?

What’s gone wrong, and how to make it right again

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The story of the virus in England is a tale of two halves: one of the worst death rates in the world followed by one of the best vaccine programmes.

Much else about the NHS can be seen as a glass half-full or half-empty. Matt Hancock stresses the former, noting, for example, that 80 per cent of elective operations did go ahead last year, despite unprecedented pressure on the system. In opposition, Jonathan Ashworth stresses the latter: there is now a backlog of more than 300,000 patients waiting at least a year for elective surgery, caused by the…

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