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Monday, February 5, 2018

Donald Trump has launched a damning attack on the NHS, saying Britain's treasured system of universal healthcare is "going broke and not working"


From Dan Bloom, A Political Reporter: said,
US President was rebuked by Theresa May's office today just 48 hours after 60,000 people hit the streets to demand Tory ministers fund the NHS properly.



Saturday's rally, backed by the Mirror, saw Labour and protesters blame "eight years of Tory underfunding" for cancelled operations, ambulance delays, staff stress and long waits in A&E.
But comparing the march to his own domestic battle over healthcare, billionaire Republican Trump claimed it showed universal care cannot be afforded at all.


He tweeted: "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!"

The comment opened up a dramatic new diplomatic row with Theresa May - who has repeatedly claimed the NHS has the funds it needs.

Mrs May's Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt disowned the US President's jibe immediately.

He tweeted: "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."

Theresa May's official spokesman said Mr Hunt spoke for the government, adding: “The Prime Minister is proud of having an NHS that is free at the point of delivery.”

The People's Assembly and Health Campaigns Together, the groups which organised Saturday's march, issued a joint letter to Trump saying: "The NHS has existed since 1948 in the UK after the devastation of the Second World War.

"It has been a shining example to the world of what can be achieved when we put the needs of the collective good over the interests of a few wealthy individuals.

"Unfortunately, our current government have been persuaded to increasingly adopt policies which represent those of your Government, they have decided to move us more to an American-style system which is widely acknowledged to be one of the most expensive, inefficient and unjust healthcare systems in the world.

"This is why our NHS is currently struggling and why leading Professors including Professor Stephen Hawking are bravely battling politicians who wish to turn it into a system like yours.This is what our demonstration was about.

"We don’t agree with your divisive and incorrect rhetoric. No thanks."

Even TV host Piers Morgan - often a defender of the President - tweeted: "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."

Labour Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders said: “Even Donald Trump knows, you can’t trust the Tories with our NHS.

“The President is right to focus on Saturday’s march in which thousands of people joined Labour in protesting eight years of austerity, which have drastically worsened patient outcomes and demoralised the workforce.

“A universal, publicly provided NHS free at the point of use remains the most cost effective and efficient mode of healthcare provision - a fact the President would probably consider 'fake news'."

Mr Trump's comments came shortly after former Ukip leader Nigel Farage appeared on one of the president's favourite US TV news shows to talk about the NHS.

Mr Farage's appearance on Fox And Friends appeared to be the reason for Mr Trump's Twitter comment.

In a follow-up message, the president thanked the show for "exposing the truth".

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