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The NHS can no longer provide everything to everyone 

Patients wait on trolleys in he A& E department at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital Credit: Lucinda Wilcox/PA

The National Health Service challenge facing the Prime Minister is not an easy one. From a weak political position, Theresa May must work out how to help the NHS and see it through its immediate difficulties without entering a Dutch auction of promises to increase funding – an auction no Conservative government can ever win against Labour.

Yet if she does not act, things could turn very ugly indeed, with doctors blaming her Government for the deaths of patients.

Something hugely damaging, akin to the political aftermath of the Grenfell fire, could befall the PM and Jeremy Hunt, her Health Secretary.

Mrs May cannot allow this to happen; so what can be done to alleviate the immediate pressure? Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, provided an additional £350 million in the Budget for winter pressures, so there is money available.

As always in the NHS, questions exist as to whether it is reaching...

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