Monday, 26 February 2018

British doctors, nurses hit back at Trump’s attack on NHS

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LONDON: British doctors and nurses have hit back at Donald Trump after he said the NHS is “not working”.

In a tweet, the US president said the health service in the UK is “going broke”, sparking angry responses from the British government and opposition politicians.

But much of the ire directed at Mr Trump has come from those people working on the frontline of the NHS.

Meanwhile, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said Mr Trump had “got the wrong end of the stick” and invited the US president to visit its “brilliant” staff and services during his planned trip to the UK this year.

Mr Stevens told the Commons Public Accounts Committee: “Unfortunately, and respectfully, I think we’d suggest that tweet got the wrong end of the stick.

“In fact, people in this country don’t want to ditch our NHS, notwithstanding everything that we’ve been talking about today, they want to keep it and strengthen it.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt responded: “I may disagree with claims made on that march but not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28m people have no cover.

“NHS may have challenges but I’m proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage – where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance.”

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston added: “No, @realDonaldTrump, people are marching to demonstrate their support for the #NHS & argue for more funding.”

Theresa May backed her health minister’s comments, and a spokesperson said she is proud of the NHS.

The spokesperson said: “The prime minister is proud of having an NHS that is free at the point of delivery.

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