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Tory leadership contest reveals complacency about NHS crisis

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1934 (Published 02 August 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1934
  1. Adele Waters
  1. The BMJ

The cupboard of health policy ideas from the UK’s two prospective prime ministers is worryingly bare, Adele Waters reports

The recent televised leadership debates told us very little about Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss’s health policies.

The two candidates to lead the Conservative Party—and therefore the country—haven’t exactly gone big on how they would solve the fundamental crisis that the NHS is currently grappling with.

How about the gridlock in emergency departments and the pressure being felt across the whole system, including social care? Last month every ambulance service in England had been put on the highest level of alert.1 Even trust chief executives have admitted they are “presiding over a failing NHS.”2

No, neither candidate had offered any ideas …

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