Today is the first NHS strike since action over pay 32 years ago; health workers at the frontline know that if they do not act soon, the NHS will decompensate and fail.
This conference season, all parties have announced new plans to save the NHS; but how do those members of the public trying to protect their health service feel?
The truth is that market ideology is ripping through the NHS and, if it combines with a funding crisis in the next parliament, could prove utterly toxic for the NHS.
Rather than an infantry advancing on Downing Street, Labour resembled a wounded army in need of convalescence.
The Labour leader's speech was politically astute and intellectually coherent, but it rarely inspired.
It will be funded by a mansion tax, cracking down on tax avoidance and fees for tobacco firms.
Labour leader will outline six "national goals" for the next decade in his conference speech.
Ed Miliband is expected to announce the policy in his conference speech tomorrow.
Juliet Jacques worked for the NHS through many of the reforms of recent years. Here, she tells the story of her personal involvement with the health service, from the audible gasps and moans from staff as the Coalition’s new structure was unveiled, to joining the dole queue once her job ceased to exist.
The biggest danger to the Scottish NHS is independence.