Royal College of GPs defends 'remarkable' NHS in response to Donald Trump tweet

Publication date: 05 February 2018

Responding to a tweet by US President Donald Trump claiming that the NHS is 'going broke and not working' Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

"Nobody was marching in protest against the NHS. If people are marching, it is because they value and want to protect the founding principles of our remarkable health service that delivers care, free at the point of need to anyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay.

"President Trump is lucky in that he can afford the best health care available. But there are millions of patients who can't and I for one am proud to work within a health system that doesn't simply cast the poor and vulnerable aside.

"In UK general practice alone we deliver care, free at the point of need, to more than 1 million patients every day.

"The NHS is facing intense resource and workforce challenges, but it is still one of the most cost-effective health systems in the world. The answer is not to commercialise healthcare, it is to ensure the NHS has enough resources to meet growing patient demand, underpinned by a strong general practice service that alleviates pressures elsewhere in the system, where care is more expensive."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
Out of hours: 0203 188 765

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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