Interested in what you say here:
"However, I think- despite the bed situation looking bleak from the outside(and inside)- that the nature of the NHS puts us in an excellent position for better outcomes."
What is it about the NHS's nature?
For me the worrying stuff is the pressure it puts on hospitals. Italy (especially the richer north) is said to have an advanced health care system and yet they apparently don't have enough ventilators and have to choose who gets them. And what happens to the run of the mill day to day emergencies like heart attacks/strokes/other trauma...