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New prime minister must prioritise NHS, say doctors’ leaders

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2166 (Published 06 September 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o2166

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What should the health community be saying to our new prime minister?

  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

Liz Truss, the UK’s new prime minister, must act decisively on the key challenges facing the NHS and social care or face an “uncontrollable crisis” this winter, doctors’ leaders have warned.

Truss became the fourth Conservative prime minister in six years after gaining 81 326 votes (57.4%) of Conservative party members, defeating her rival, Rishi Sunak.

The most pressing item in Truss’s in-tray will be tackling soaring energy bills that will have severe health implications if people, particularly if they are elderly or clinically vulnerable, are forced to choose between food and heating.

During the leadership contest the NHS received relatively little attention, but in her victory acceptance speech Truss pledged to “deliver on the …

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