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Jeremy Hunt defends NHS in response to Donald Trump attack

US president Donald Trump has attacked the NHS, tweeting that it is ‘broke and not working’ - citing the demonstrations that took place across the UK at the weekend. 

In response, a number of UK politicians - including health secretary Jeremy Hunt - defended the NHS, pointing towards the universal health coverage given to the public.

It followed the demonstrations across the UK on Saturday, that saw 100,000 marching to ‘save the NHS’.

Mr Trump tweeted today:

Mr Hunt later responded: 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn replied to Mr Trump’s tweet: ‘Wrong. People were marching because we love our NHS and hate what the Tories are doing to it. Healthcare is a human right’, while Labour MP Luke Pollard said: ‘No, people in the UK protested because they don’t want an American system like you have’.

More than 60,000 people marched in London, amounting to 100,000 people across the country, to ‘save the NHS’ on Saturday, Pulse’s sister publication Healthcare Leader reported. 

Organised by Health Campaigns Together and The People’s Assembly, the event saw protesters and organisations such as Unison, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Unite the union, call for NHS England to be adequately funded.

Speaking at the event, Labour shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said that ‘we have to bring an end to the eight years of austerity underfunding of the NHS’.

He continued: ‘It means bringing an end to the cuts to the community health provision, mental health services, child and adolescent health services and social care services.

‘It also means ending the flow of taxpayers’ money and public money flowing out of the NHS to the private sector.’

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Readers' comments (16)

  • CENSORSHIP?

    The next general election in the United Kingdom is scheduled to be held on 5 May 2022 under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.

    Plenty of time to irreversibly scuttle the ship

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  • @Truth finder
    The truth is that the system has been deliberately broken. A car will not run on an empty tank.
    Cue the private saviours waiting in the wings.

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  • The truth hurts doesn’t it Jeremy!

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  • Sorry ladies and gents, Trumpy is spot on. If you disagree your either blind or so left even leftfield music sounds fascist to you. Awake and smell the morning air!

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  • DJT only stated the obvious, you can’t defend the undefendable

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  • I believe no one here understands or know about health care service provision in USA.550 million people cannot be wrong in provision of their health care. I have friends who are doctors In USA and relatives who live there. My friends mention that no one in America is deprived of the health care. They have Medicare and Medicaid system. Poor are treated under Medicare freely and over 65 have health care free. Cancer treatment is free. They do not have waiting lists and Transplants are available at shorter waiting times than in U.K. Their Hospital have better and highly trained doctors and staff. They are cleaner and efficient than in U.K.

    Dr F.M.Hirji
    Grovbehill Medical centre
    HemelHempstead
    HP26AD

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