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Autumn Reckoning

Next UK Leader Will Get Broken Health System Johnson Didn’t Fix

The NHS saved the outgoing prime minister from Covid. Now it needs urgent care of its own.

An ambulance passes supportive messaging for the NHS on the road at The Royal London Hospital in London.
An ambulance passes supportive messaging for the NHS on the road at The Royal London Hospital in London.Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

This is the third story in a six-part series on the political and economic landscape facing Britain’s new prime minister.

Once a source of national pride, Britain’s National Health Service has turned into a crisis neither candidate campaigning to become the country’s next prime minister can afford to ignore.