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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)

  • JH the saviour of the NHS not.

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  • Hilarious. Trump is once again the one in the crowd who is essentially tweeting that the great communist emperor has no clothes on

    As for the lunatic statement of the labour party lefty idiot. Every doctor's salary represents by definition "the flow of taxpayer's money out of the NHS to the private sector" ...

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  • Vinci Ho

    I was so not surprised Trump would exploit our circumstances to fire an argument against the Democrats.
    US traditionally never believes in anything near to NHS anyway .
    Agent Hunt had to defend the UK government, not NHS , for a matter of national pride . That obviously has got nothing to do with whether the Tories really want NHS to survive or not.

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  • AlanAlmond

    President Donald Numpty - he’s always tweeting about the UK. Orange loon, it’s kind of flattering in a perverse kind of way. Blimey aren’t some aspects of American culture weird. Thank God I don’t live there.

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  • Much as there are things not to like about Trump, in this case he is right. The system is broken.

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  • "The Democrats are pushing for Universal Health Care while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working"
    Absolutely nothing wrong in that sentence whether we like it or not. That's the truth that our NHS is broken and politicians and some of us are not willing to accept it. Is there any evidence that our system is working well? we have been told again and again to ration hospital appointment ration medicines, patients are waiting for 2 weeks for routine GP appointments, waiting 3 months for MRI/ CT scan , 3 months for to see consultants. 6-8 months for routine operations. We care trying to find every excuse to deny people operation like hernia Gallbladder surgeries, hospitals having to cancel operation for lack of beds. What other evidence these politicians want to show that our system is broken?????

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  • I wonder who May and Corbyn are defending when they say they are defending the 'NHS' - Are they talking about NHS staff at the forefront that they've been screwing for the last 10 years?

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    the banks were too big to fail and needed a bail out .... is the NHS too big to fail??
    If you do not put petrol in the car
    and ignore the fuel low light
    its going to grind to a halt??

    Jeremy says .. I may (MAY??!!) disagree with claims made on that march
    Come on get of the fence
    Isn't the reality that the Tories actually want a Privatised American insurance based service here.. The reality is that TRUMP AND TORIES Love each other
    and need each other more than ever with brexit looming

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    ‘It also means ending the flow of taxpayers’ money and public money flowing out of the NHS to the private sector.’.. SEE ARTICLE IN PULSE Management consultancies paid millions to make cuts to services

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    What is the point of the March when those starving the NHS think they love it and are helping it ??

    Delusional Leadership ??
    They only listen pre-election time

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