"Austerity has long been an abstract term – used by politicians and the media but removed from people’s lives – but it only takes a moment of being in need to make the cuts real to people. Because the ambulance delays and shortage of ventilators and oxygen cylinders you read about cease being empty headlines and are happening now and to you, or your family or friends. It’s hard to imagine the tipping point isn’t coming, that cancer patients being refused surgery is a political scandal that can be ignored. The public are already lining the streets in protest. Time is ticking. It’s not an exaggeration to say this is a matter of life and death."