NHS under US attack

The NHS has come under attack in a series of US television adverts designed to discredit President Obama's healthcare reforms.

Photograph: istockphoto
Photograph: istockphoto

Patients with poor experience of NHS care are interviewed in the adverts, complaining about long waiting times, limited access to operations and restrictions on the use of life-saving drugs.

The campaign, by Conservatives for Patients Rights, portrays Obama’s plans to control costs and widen access to healthcare as a step towards the rationing of treatments and decisions made by bureaucrats.

Patients in the UK are described as being ‘trapped’ within the NHS system, and the claims are backed by the appearance of Dr Karol Sikora, dean of the University of Buckingham’s medical school.

He complains in the advert that patients ‘lose control of their own destiny in the health system.’

colin.cooper@haymarket.com

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