This has frustrated local NHS leaders and could potentially stifle future planning and innovation. And raises the question — is he even allowed to do this in the first place?

Important plans are also being worked up this spring to get the spiralling elective waiting list under control — we discuss the challenges health service leaders are grappling with right now when trying to get non-covid work back on track.

Featuring James Illman, Lawrence Dunhill and Annabelle Collins.

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