“I will deliver on the National Health Service” was as much detail as the new prime minister offered on health policy in her victory speech on Monday. One idea floated during her campaign, that £13bn of new funding earmarked for the NHS should be diverted to social care, might once have won plaudits. But such is the crisis now engulfing hospitals that the moment has passed. Next week, a ballot opens that could see nurses in England and Wales go on strike for the first time. A record 132,139 – or almost 10% of all NHS posts – were vacant in June. This shocking rise in the number of NHS vacancies is a symptom of the government’s dangerous neglect, says the Guardian newspaper in its Editorial.