Polls show that we are more proud of the NHS than the Royal Family or the armed forces.
The NHS is the closest thing we have to a religion., and Labour launched a warning about the threat of US trade deal, saying that the NHS is not for sale.
The Tories immediately hit back, calling Corbyn’s warning a pathetic scare story and even Trump waded in with saying “all we want to do is trade”
It would be political suicide for the Tories to try to unpick the fundamentals of the NHS, to pave the way for large-scale privatisation, and to introduce an insurance based system, or to bring in significant user charges..
But the Tories malevolent influence is more insidious.
It has starved the NHS of resources, and introduced the means for big pharma industries to extract profit at the expense of the tax payer.
The Tory record speaks for itself.
The NHS has come under severe strain as a result of the cuts imposed upon it by successive Tory chancellors.
As they dolled out generous tax cuts to o more affluent family costing billions of pounds a year, the NHS was continually starved of funds.
Indeed the NHS is now experienced the tightest funding since its inception. Spending on our health service is significantly lower than most of our international competitors.
The independent Kings Fund has stated
“The NHS is clearly under-resourced”
That is why winter after winter we hear of a crises in our NHS.
Last winter it took the unprecedented step of cancelling all non-urgent surgery.
There is increased waiting lists, understaffing, and bed occupancy rates consistently above the levels that permit safe care.
Tory ministers continue to misrepresent the level of funding, consistently claiming that it is getting mor3 money than it actually is.
So the Tories have are putting the NHS at risk in order to fund unnecessary and expensive tax cuts.
There is no reason to believe that they won’t continue along this road.
A US trade deal is the cherished objective of the hard right, which now dominates the shell of the Tory party, and this deal pushes a serious risk to the NHS.
It will open the door to rising drug costs to the tune if billions a year.
The US governments desire to liberalise access to the international drug market, and this has been the subject of many meetings between the U.K. and US trade negotiators.
The hard Tory right is desperate for a US trade deal and want to align with the US regulatory standards, it is one of the reasons why they want to leave the EU.
After the economic fallout of a Johnson Brexit the U.K. will not be in any position to exacting demands, and we will be in danger of signing up to a trading treaty that will bind the hands of future generations to make Britain a rule taker from the US.
We will have left the EU , an institution over which we have a democratic say in its laws and rules to become a vassal of the USA..
The ideological right has taken over the Tory party and is prepared to sacrifice the country’s wellbeing in order to get the version of the future it wants.
Think it will exclude the NHS?
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