Day 38: Right to Health

Is access to medical care something that governments should provide, or is it better left to the private sector? Are there drawbacks to your choice?

The NHS is the greatest institution in the world; in my humble opinion. There is enough worry and stress when you or a relative are seriously ill, you don’t also want to be worrying about paying for it too. I’d rather pay my taxes and know that myself and my family will be well looked after.

The media in this country are quick to slate the NHS and find fault; but my experiences have always been different. Over the years I’ve had reasons to make use of their services. I’ve always found the staff to be caring, professional and reassuring. When the worst things are happening, they are the calm voice in the background saying ‘We know everything’s not great right now, we’re doing all we can to make it better but it may be a long journey’.

I know it’s an expensive service to keep running but a nation needs to work together to keep everyone healthy and cared for; after all they have to be if they’re going to be able to contribute in any other way.

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