The End of the Beginning?

Just a few kilometers from central London — home to the spectacular new Tate Modern gallery, million-dollar apartments and thronged restaurants that reflect the prosperous, optimistic side of Tony Blair's Britain — Paddy Brunton spent his final days in a rather different country. Brunton, 80, a former bbc electrician, developed blood clots in his heart and lungs in February. After an eight-hour wait for a bed, he found himself in a 20-patient ward at the Whittington Hospital in north London.

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