We discuss how things escalated to become quite this bad and whether we could see more power struggles as ICBs find their feet.

Also this week, the government is investigating a surge in excess deaths in England and we ask what’s causing this rise, plus warnings from an accident and emergency department in Wigan that deaths are becoming “increasingly common”.

With Annabelle Collins, Lawrence Dunhill and Dave West.

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