The government's strategy of blaming foreigners for the mess will end in an ugly place.
Although the policy is standard practice across most European nations, it will face heavy opposition in the UK.
Even a U-Turn on planned cuts to the service itself will still leave the NHS under heavy pressure.
In real terms, junior doctors will likely still be worse off.
The House of Commons is debating the Assisted Dying Bill, which, if passed, would allow doctors to prescribe a lethal drug dose to terminally ill patients who are deemed to have less than six months to live.
Twenty years ago, Labour won a landslide on a tide of optimism. Where did it all go wrong?
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