UK Prime Minister responds to Trump criticism of NHS

  • UK Prime Minister responds to Trump criticism of NHS

UK Prime Minister responds to Trump criticism of NHS

Donald Trump sparked a bitter diplomatic clash with Britain by claiming that the National Health Service is "going broke and not working". The centralisation and lack of choice within healthcare provisions makes it "non-personal medical care" nearly by definition.

"They weren't" said that "the thousands of Britons who took to the streets over the weekend were marching in support of the NHS and calling for greater government funding".

Hunt responded via Twitter by saying that while he disagreed with the opinions of some of Saturday's marchers, "not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28m people have no cover", a reference to the United States situation.

Jeremy Hunt, Britain's health secretary, said he is proud to hail from a country where people have coverage "no matter the size of their bank balance".

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn also opposed Trump's comment, saying in a tweet: "Wrong".

"That Tweet got the wrong end of the stick - people in this country don't want to ditch our NHS - not withstanding everything we have been talking about today - they want to keep it and strengthen it".

President Donald Trump attacked the United Kingdom's state-funded National Health Service (NHS), angering British politicians across party lines.

"We send the European Union £350m a week - let's fund our NHS instead", was the slogan plastered on the side of a red campaign bus.

Trump's tweet follows an appearance by form UKIP leader Nigel Farage on Fox And Friends where he addressed the protests, a show watched frequently by the USA president.

Stuart Millar, head of news at BuzzFeed was among those who pointed out that Mr Trump's Tweet followed hard on the heels of Mr Farage's television appearance, saying: "Farage told Fox & Friends the NHS funding issue was caused by a "population crisis" as a result of immigration".

A spokesman for the Prime Minister Theresa May echoed this sentiment, and pointed to a Commonwealth Fund global survey which found the NHS was rated the best performing out of 11 developed countries.

Health economists have said the health service needs £4bn for 2018/19 but it was given less than half that amount in the autumn Budget, the NHS also received a £337m cash injection for this winter but this came just days before winter began.

Last year the House of Lords Select Committee recommended that an independent Office for Health and Care Sustainability to be set up to look into health and social care for the next 15 to 20 years to better account for changing need and demographics. "You don't have to fill out much paperwork, and you get no bills, whether you go to see your family doctor, or go to hospital".

Trump apparently saw a report, recognized the word "crisis", reached his wrongheaded conclusion, and started tweeting.

Mr Trump and Mrs May have previously clashed over the US President's promotion of far-right group Britain First on Twitter.