RCGP hits back at Donald Trump after NHS jibe

RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard has hit back at US president Donald Trump after he claimed the NHS was 'not working and going broke'.

US president Donald Trump (Photo: Philip Scalia/Alamy)
US president Donald Trump (Photo: Philip Scalia/Alamy)

The Republican US president criticised the UK NHS in an attack on opposition Democrat politicians who are calling for universal healthcare for Americans.

Almost 30m Americans have no health insurance, a figure that has risen since the current president took office.

But Mr Trump pointed to UK protests in support of the NHS over the weekend, claiming that they had come because universal healthcare in the UK was ‘going broke and not working’.

The RCGP chair hit back: ’Nobody was marching in protest against the NHS. If people are marching, it is because they value and want to protect the founding principles of our remarkable health service that delivers care, free at the point of need to anyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay.

’President Trump is lucky in that he can afford the best health care available. But there are millions of patients who can’t and I for one am proud to work within a health system that doesn’t simply cast the poor and vulnerable aside.

‘In UK general practice alone we deliver care, free at the point of need, to more than 1 million patients every day.

’The NHS is facing intense resource and workforce challenges, but it is still one of the most cost-effective health systems in the world. The answer is not to commercialise healthcare, it is to ensure the NHS has enough resources to meet growing patient demand, underpinned by a strong general practice service that alleviates pressures elsewhere in the system, where care is more expensive.’

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