Please click the link below to read political commentary by Andrew Sparrow at The Guardian. It includes a video (running time: under two minutes) which should give you an idea of Prime Minister Theresa May’s attitude toward the National Health Service funding crisis in England.
If you don’t live in the United Kingdom, you might find Mr. Sparrow’s reference to No. 10 mysterious. It’s 10 Downing Street, the address of the residence/office of the Prime Minister.
What’s this business of a Tory politician suggesting all’s good with the National Health Service in England, using the reasoning that conditions are worse under the Labour Government in Wales? No one should find that reassuring. It’s cringe-worthy, and if there’s any factual accuracy to Mrs. May’s statement perhaps the media in the United Kingdom should scrutinize the conditions in Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments in Wales. Forget which party is in charge and look directly at what’s happening to patients who need care.
I live in the United States, where the system is different but not better. Some Americans die because of lack of insurance and/or an inability to pay out-of-pocket (a federal law, in effect since the early 1980s, guarantees treatment for patients in immediately grave condition, but people with chronic illnesses can still die from lack of care when money becomes a sticking point).
Many Americans got relief when Barack Obama’s healthcare reform plan (Obamacare) was approved by Congress, but it passed only after being watered down by political compromises. Now Donald Trump and his allies are determined to repeal what’s left.
In theory, the N.H.S. can do better than that — and it should.