‘The last few days have seen much heated debate about the virtues of a national health service and ‘socialised medicine'. Much of the furore in America has seen fanciful misinformation and often deliberate untruths,' RCN chief executive Dr Peter Carter writes in a letter to The Independent.
‘While no healthcare system in the world can be called perfect, the NHS is surely preferable as a system to one where the poor and vulnerable are left to fend for themselves. In the United States, 46 million people have no health insurance whatsoever, and it's telling that those who criticise universal healthcare rarely fit into this category.
‘Nurses are immensely proud to be working in the NHS. It is a social force for good, embodying a nation's belief that no matter what you earn, you have the right to be cared for when you need it.'
Dr Carter's letter followed a #welovethenhs Twitter campaign in response to criticism of the NHS as ‘evil and Orwellian' by America's Right.
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