UK defends healthcare after Trump ‘attack’

LONDON: US President Donald Trump drew a fierce reaction from angry Britons, including Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, on Monday after criticising Britain’s publicly funded healthcare system as “going broke and not working”. Trump used Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) to make a domestic political point arguing against the provision of universal healthcare, but in doing so was perceived to have bad-mouthed a system held dear by his country’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 health system delivers free care for all. It is typically one of the most important issues for voters during elections and often regarded as a weakness for May’s Conservative, or Tory, Party, whose opponents accuse the government of inadequately investing in it. — AFP