- Created: Tuesday, 14 August 2018 10:39
- Written by Hannah Caller and Robert Clough
Mawkish sentiments marked the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the NHS. Prince Charles, who has never used the NHS to our knowledge, preferring private queue-jumping and fawning luxury, was trotted out to pay tribute to ‘one of our country’s greatest treasures’. Celebrities recounted how their lives had been saved, how much they owed the service, in newspapers like the Daily Mail, otherwise renowned for undermining the NHS at every opportunity. Prime Minister Theresa May thanked ‘one of our nation’s most precious institutions’– although her government has been responsible for bringing the NHS to its knees. The Archbishop of Canterbury opined that the NHS was ‘the most powerful and visible expression of our Christian heritage’. The government, aware of the unpopularity of a decade of cuts in real-term funding for the service, used the occasion to offer an increased level of funding over the next three years – although still well below what the NHS needs. Hannah Caller and Robert Clough report.