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Austerity had battered the NHS even before coronavirus. Now we must rebuild

Time to put in place proper infrastructure to provide care for both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients alike

Waiting lists for non-coronavirus related treatment are predicted to rise to a staggering 10m by Christmas. Photo: © Duangjit Niljinda//Shutterstock

The NHS avoided the kind of devastating scenes that took place in struggling Lombardy hospitals, witnessed by us on our TV screens. For that we can thank NHS staff, whose extraordinary efforts were until recently rightly celebrated on doorsteps across Britain on Thursday nights. They must now be recognised with decent pay, conditions and support.

But “protecting the NHS” has come at an immense human cost: thousands…

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