Time will tell whether May’s promise that in 2023 Britain will spend the same proportion of national income on health as France does now will be honoured. With grandiose announcements of the kind, the fine detail tends to contain some devilry.
British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged on Sunday to increase funding for the National Health Service (NHS) by 20 billion pounds after Brexit, partly from tax hikes and partly from money that will no longer be going to the European Union.
NHS managers have been complaining for a long time that an annual cap on the number of non-EU skilled workers who can immigrate to Britain was making it hard for them to fill positions.
“The President and his team want to be able to use the NHS and NICE as a foil for his plan that reduces costs for consumers at the point of sale, but without rationing and access restrictions for which the UK system is infamous in the US, particularly amongst conservative media.”
Corey Stoughton, advocacy director at Liberty, said: “We need a cast-iron commitment that people will no longer have to fear immigration enforcement when seeking urgent medical care.”
“Her father remains in a critical but stable condition.” The hospital’s medical director Dr Christine Blanshard said Ms Skripal had “responded well to treatment”.
Outraged Britons flocked to Twitter with message defending the NHS, with many pointing out that the march Trump referred to was organized by groups that want to increase the health service’s funding, not dismantle it.
Ms May, at Prime Minister’s Questions, said: “The latest figures show that, in England, 497 people were waiting more than 12 hours, but the latest figures also show that, under the Labour Government in Wales, 3,741 people were waiting more than 12 hours.”