You will find this hard reading. No doubt some will accuse me of scaremongering. I concede that the picture I will paint is grim but I truly believe it to be a real possibility. I will not suggest a precise timescale these events – that would really be stretching it too far – but suffice to say we are talking months to a couple of years rather than decades.

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How can a government get facts and figures so wrong?

Fact: the NHS has functioned all the way through because of good will. Even stuffy consultants give everything they can to the NHS. The patient always comes first and many hard-pressed consultants work long hours and come in to the hospital when they are not on call – they are available 24/7.

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