The new UK health secretary, Thérèse Coffey, has not taken on an easy job. Nearly two-thirds of GPs-in-training plan to work part-time just one year after they qualify, reporting that the work has become too intense to work any longer safely. A record 6.8 million people are awaiting hospital treatment in England, and 132,139 posts are vacant across England’s NHS. Ian Sample listens to acute medicine consultant Dr Tim Cooksley about what’s happening inside the NHS, and talks to The Guardian’s health policy editor Denis Campbell about how health and social care systems of the United Kingdom ended in crisis and if they can be solved.
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