Our NHS is in early stage terminal decline
5 July 1948, England. Welsh Labour politician Aneurin Bevan with a group of nurses on the day that the NHS came into being. ‘The NHS, born out of war and strife, helped heal a nation,’ writes David Nicholson and others. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images
The serious underfunding of general practice and social care over the last five years means that the NHS faces tough times ahead as it embarks on integration. Moreover, the closures to GP-led walk-in centres, hospital beds, mental health services and community services are placing worrying pressure on elderly care and community services, and are proving counterproductive.