President Donald Trump today tweeted an attack on the NHS, highlighting a pro-NHS march in London over the weekend as somehow a sign that people are unhappy about our system of universal healthcare.
The tweet came about an hour after Nigel Farage appeared on Fox News to discuss the march and to claim that the NHS is struggling due to immigration. The full tweet read: “The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working. Dems want to greatly raise taxes for really bad and non-personal medical care. No thanks!”
Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“Donald Trump’s tweet is only the start of his assault on our NHS and its values. Brexit will allow him to wreak havoc in our health system.
“Brexit has left the Government going cap-in-hand for a trade deal with the United States at any cost and we can be sure a President whose slogan is ‘America First’ will demand the highest of prices, starting with access to our NHS for US health care companies and drug giants. And there’s plenty of support for NHS privatisation among the Brextremists too.
“We were promised that Brexit would mean more money for the health service but Brexit looks set to pile even more pressure on our NHS. As new facts continue to emerge that demonstrate the scale of the threat to our NHS from Brexit, everybody has the right to keep an open mind about whether it is the right direction for our country.”
Notes to editors:
The tweet from US President Donald Trump can be read here.
Open Britain recently helped co-ordinate a letter from over 100 cross-party politicians (Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party of England and Wales) warning that a hard Brexit poses the greatest threat to the future of the NHS. The full press release can be read here.