Fighting for Life: The Twelve Battles that Make our NHS and the Struggle for the Future

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A gripping, provocative exploration of the National Health Service, told through the most critical moments in its history, and published for the 75th anniversary of its foundationEndless A&E waiting times. Nurses' strikes. Delayed operations.

In its 75th year, the National Health Service is arguably facing its most challenging battles yet. Since its foundation in 1948, it has been a cornerstone of British life, making history again and again - from the first 'test tube baby', to the Coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile, the NHS has also become a battleground for some of the fiercest political contests of our time, perceived either as a national treasure that needs to be preserved at all costs, or as a lumbering piece of state machinery in need of renovation.

In Fighting for Life, award-winning journalist Isabel Hardman tells the gripping story of a beloved institution through the people who keep it alive - its nurses, its doctors, its patients and the politicians who decide its fate. Drawing on interviews with key decision-makers, from former Prime Ministers and Health Secretaries to NHS bosses, as well as access to the patients and keyworkers at the beating heart of the health service, she reveals with trademark incisiveness a chequered history that is by turns uplifting and alarming. Cutting through sentimentality and sloganeering on all sides of the political spectrum, Hardman shows us how our NHS really works, and what it means for our future.
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Manufacturer/Publisher: Viking
Binding: Hardback
Author: isabel Hardman
Date Published: 2023
Pagination: 336p

SKU: 9780241504345

Description
A gripping, provocative exploration of the National Health Service, told through the most critical moments in its history, and published for the 75th anniversary of its foundationEndless A&E waiting times. Nurses' strikes. Delayed operations.

In its 75th year, the National Health Service is arguably facing its most challenging battles yet. Since its foundation in 1948, it has been a cornerstone of British life, making history again and again - from the first 'test tube baby', to the Coronavirus crisis. Meanwhile, the NHS has also become a battleground for some of the fiercest political contests of our time, perceived either as a national treasure that needs to be preserved at all costs, or as a lumbering piece of state machinery in need of renovation.

In Fighting for Life, award-winning journalist Isabel Hardman tells the gripping story of a beloved institution through the people who keep it alive - its nurses, its doctors, its patients and the politicians who decide its fate. Drawing on interviews with key decision-makers, from former Prime Ministers and Health Secretaries to NHS bosses, as well as access to the patients and keyworkers at the beating heart of the health service, she reveals with trademark incisiveness a chequered history that is by turns uplifting and alarming. Cutting through sentimentality and sloganeering on all sides of the political spectrum, Hardman shows us how our NHS really works, and what it means for our future.
DELIVERY

We offer free standard UK delivery on all orders over £50.

Orders up to £30 are charged a flat fee of £4.95

Orders between £30.01 and £50 are charged a flat fee of £6.95.

Usual UK delivery timescale (excluding custom prints) is between 5 and 7 working days from the date of dispatch. Please allow up to 14 working days for delivery. For custom print delivery pricing and timescales see below. These timescales may vary especially when we have online sales and in the weeks before Christmas.

Delivery Worldwide

We can also ship most items worldwide. 

For full details, including prices, click here.

Custom Prints

Your prints and frames will be handmade by King & McGaw at their Sussex workshop.

Unframed orders are shipped within 5 working days (normally shipped next day).

Framed orders are shipped within 20 working days.

Further information on delivery timescales for custom prints can be found here.

RETURNS

If you are not completely satisfied with your item you may return it within 28 days for a refund.

For further details on returns click here.

Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund on custom prints unless they are faulty or we have made a mistake. Custom prints are exempt as they are made to order.