The COVID-19 crisis and the future of the NHS

By Hugh Pym

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  • ISBN: 9781526173980
  • Publish Date: Mar 2025
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-7398-0
    • Pages: 260
    • Price: £20.00
    • Published Date: March 2025


    An eye-opening account of government failings during the COVID-19 pandemic, written by one of the UK's top journalists.

    In Unfit, Hugh Pym takes readers on a gripping journey to the heart of the COVID-19 crisis. From the early days of the pandemic to the dramatic revelations of the UK COVID-19 Inquiry, he exposes the failings of the British state and the Whitehall machine.

    This hard-hitting exposé draws on untold stories from the corridors of power, providing an insider's perspective on the drama, personalities and critical decision-making processes. Going beyond individual accounts, it presents a comprehensive assessment of the UK's preparedness, lockdown measures and response strategies.

    A tale of resilience and devastating consequences, Unfit challenges the very foundations of the UK's response to the pandemic, leaving no stone unturned in its quest for truth. Finally, it looks ahead to ask what is in store for the future of the NHS.


    1 Pre-pandemic
    2 Public health not fit for purpose
    3 The invisible PPE stocks and testing infrastructure
    4 Britain not a healthy country and the NHS not up to speed
    5 The first phase: January to February 2020
    6 COVID surges and the UK locks down
    7 COVID peaks in April
    8 The drift towards the second wave
    9 Progress through 2021
    10 Winter 2021
    11 The charge sheet


    Hugh Pym was a leading media correspondent and commentator during the COVID-19 pandemic. As BBC Health Editor he covered the key developments and frequently appeared at the virtual Downing Street press conferences, where he questioned ministers and Boris Johnson. He received the Charles Wheeler Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcast Journalism in 2020 and in the same year the Voice of the Listener and Viewer Award for Best TV Contributor. He was shortlisted for the London Press Club awards in 2021. He is the co-author of several books on politics and current affairs, including Inside the Banking Crisis (2014).


    By Hugh Pym

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