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The NHS at 72: we’ve renewed our vows—so what’s next?

How to design a sustainable post-pandemic settlement for the nation’s favourite institution?

By Jennifer Dixon  

Photo: SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

Sunday 5th July, the 72nd anniversary of the creation of the NHS, will see the last planned clap for carers at 5pm. Like the rainbows in windows across the UK, the clap is a tangible sign of the almost religious sanctity of the NHS in the public psyche. When all else fails, the NHS represents unqualified and free social protection writ large, and it arguably has never mattered more than in the last three months. In…

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