Fighting For Life: The Twelve Battles that Made Our NHS, and the Struggle for its Future
In conversation with Emily Mayhew
Finishes at: Tuesday 31 October 8:45 PM
In its 75th year, the National Health Service faces challenging battles. Endless A&E waiting times. Nurses' strikes. Delayed operations. A cornerstone of British life, the NHS has made history again and again - from the first 'test tube baby', to the Coronavirus crisis. But it has also become a battleground for fierce political contest. To some it’s a national treasure that must be preserved at all costs, to others a lumbering piece of state machinery in need of renovation.
Cutting through sentimentality and sloganeering on all sides, assistant editor of The Spectator Isabel Hardman tells the gripping story of this complicated institution through the people who keep it alive - nurses, doctors, patients and the politicians who decide its fate.
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