The United Kingdom's four separate and independent public healthcare providers (collectively the National Health Service) were established in 1948. Three core principles at the heart of the NHS are that it meets the needs of everyone, that it be free at the point of delivery, and that it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay.
In July 2018 it was revealed that health secretary Matt Hancock accepted donations of £32,000 from the chairman of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a think-tank that supports the privatisation of the NHS.
In June 2019, US President Donald Trump insisted that the NHS should be "on the table" in any post-Brexit trade deal negotiations between the UK and the US.
In November 2019, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced the existence of a leaked 400+ page document detailing the UK government's secret talks with the US about including the National Health Service in a post-Brexit trade deal.
As of December 2019, the UK government insists that the NHS does not and will never face privatisation. However, spending increases have slowed dramatically under austerity, and cuts made elsewhere, especially to social care and welfare, have put the service under increasing pressure. Additionally there is the uncertainty of post-Brexit staffing: 5.6% of the total workforce are from EU countries, including 10% of doctors and 7% of nurses.
The NHS is far from perfect, but the realistic alternatives would be devastating for all but the wealthiest.
released December 16, 2019
Recorded, mixed and mastered December 2019 at the Museum of Dust.
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