Health economist Professor Alan Maynard would much rather not have to write this article again, but evidently it's still necessary. Sigh.
After six years of inadequate funding of the NHS, waiting lists are worsening. Workforce problems are acute, and 65 per cent of hospital trusts were in deficit at year end 2015-16.
It is remarkable that service provision has maintained such reasonable levels when health and social care funding has been so parsimonious.