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Britain’s NHS Faces a Winter of Staff Shortages and ‘War Rooms’

  • Steve Barclay back as health secretary after summer stint
  • Nurses consider striking over below-inflation pay offer

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Britain’s health service is back in the hands of Steve Barclay, who initially took on the role in July when Sajid Javid quit as health secretary and triggered the summer’s Conservative leadership contest.

Barclay was replaced last month when Liz Truss became prime minister but now returns to the job as part of Rishi Sunak’s new government. It’s a topsy-turvy set of events, but one that’s typical of the UK’s political instability and deepening social discontent.