The HSJ article perhaps gets the heart of what the election was about. 7 years of austerity (needed or not according to your world view) has really started to have an impact on public services, with the NHS the most visible and high profile. The question is this? What can a minority government do with constraints on its political power and the looming albatross of the Brexit negotiations? Money will continue to tight and bandwith in the civil service and across public services has been denuded over 7 years. As ever we will be reliant on the goodwill of public services to get us through this- so visibly demonstrated by the response to recent terrorist atrocities.
Status quo means the NHS remains underfunded, and the economy underpinning it is in a precarious position. This year was always going to be all about the money, and it will continue to be. With the opposition having made gains on a platform of protecting public services, the newly weakened government may be tempted to bung the NHS a bit more cash to make the issue go away for a couple of years. “But the economic reality is unchanged – so whether more money can be found for the NHS will depend on a humbled, possibly fractious, Conservative Party’s enthusiasm for raising taxes or borrowing more