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Policy report: NHS infrastructure—hospitals vs the home front

What recovery for a traumatised health service?

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Is there any field where the political debate is further from the concerns of policy wonks than the NHS? For a generation, managers, think tanks and academics have argued that the sustainable route to affordable health care in a fast-ageing society involves more care being provided closer to home, and patients being empowered to manage the chronic and multiplying conditions of old age while still getting on with their lives. In last year’s election, however, Boris Johnson’s flagship promise was to build 40…

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