LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump drew a fierce response from offended Britons, together with well being minister Jeremy Hunt, on Monday after criticizing Britain’s publicly funded healthcare system as “going broke and not working”.
Trump used Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) to make a home political level arguing in opposition to the supply of common healthcare, however in doing so was perceived to have bad-mouthed a system held pricey by his nation’s closest ally.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
Britain’s well being system delivers free take care of all. It is often probably the most vital points for voters throughout elections and sometimes thought to be a weak point for May’s Conservative, or Tory, Party, whose opponents accuse the government of inadequately investing in it.
Twitter customers flooded to defend the NHS, with many declaring that the march Trump referred to was organized by teams which wish to improve the well being service’s funding, not dismantle it.
The rally drew 60,000 folks to central London on Saturday in line with one among its organizers, Health Campaigns Together. Protesters demanding extra funding for the service marched on Prime Minister Theresa May’s workplace.
Even Health Secretary Hunt, one of many primary targets of the protesters’ anger, snapped again sharply at Trump.
“I may disagree with claims made on that march but not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28 (million) people have no cover. NHS may have challenges but I’m proud to be from the country that invented universal coverage – where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance,” mentioned Hunt.
Opposition Labour Party chief Jeremy Corbyn tweeted again to Trump: “Wrong. People were marching because we love our NHS and hate what the Tories are doing to it. Healthcare is a human right.”
According to the World Bank, Britain spends 9.1 % of its GDP on well being care, in comparison with 17.1 % within the United States. Average British life expectancy is 81.6 years, almost three years longer than within the United States.
Last month May apologized after the well being service postponed tens of hundreds of non-emergency operations to release workers and beds to take care of emergency sufferers.
Trump’s newest Twitter outburst in opposition to Britain comes solely every week after he provided to apologize for a row triggered final 12 months by his reposting of anti-Muslim movies initially posted by a frontrunner of a British far-right fringe group.
He additionally drew scorn from throughout the British political spectrum final 12 months for criticizing the mayor of London after attackers drove a van right into a crowd and stabbed folks close to London Bridge, killing eight.
May was the primary worldwide chief to go to Trump in Washington after his inauguration final 12 months and has given him an invite on behalf of Queen Elizabeth for a state go to. Trump was due in London to open a brand new U.S. embassy constructing this month however canceled the go to.
Reporting by William James; Editing by Peter Graff