Does the same reporter do the headline and the main text? Headline editors are surely a thing of the past. I say that because only four lines down we read:
The NHS Confederation report on the English NHS said more investment was desperately needed.
Did they forget ‘England‘ in the moments between proof-reading and writing the headline or is is a deeper unconscious tendency to think it’s all the same thing?
The author does not feel the need to refer to England again. Scotland gets no mention.
A bit like Sir Ed Davey shouting about Scotland not being removed from the ‘rest of‘ England or that BBC Breakfast couch presenter talking of ‘North Britain‘ when Covid restrictions for Northumbria were mooted?