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.
The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working. Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2018
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.
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 https://t.co/YJsKBAHsw7
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) February 5, 2018
“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.”
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.
How DARE you criticise our NHS. I am a Nurse working for this fantastic organisation. It’s not perfect, it needs more money but it offers some of the best healthcare in the world to all- no matter how much money you have or have not. Dont comment on what you haven’t experienced.
— Natasha White (@tashavanhuizen) February 5, 2018
Wrong. People were marching because we love our NHS and hate what the Tories are doing to it. Healthcare is a human right. https://t.co/Pmo2xYSqZh
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) February 5, 2018
Wrong, Mr President.
Our NHS is a wonderful, albeit imperfect, health system – and the envy of the world.
By comparison, the US healthcare system is a sick joke & the envy of no-one. https://t.co/Ew5GxclcMF
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 5, 2018