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People don’t know what it’s like not to have the NHS

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People don’t know what it’s like not to have the NHS

I am very worried what the privatisation of the NHS will mean. I was born in 1943 and in 1945 was diagnosed with epilepsy but it wasn’t until after the implementation of the NHS in 1948 that I was able to get a diagnosis and treatment for this which has enabled me to have an active life and full “normal” life.

It concerns me that most people now have no first hand experience of the alternative to a system that is “Free to all at the point of need” and so cannot imagine the choices they will be forced to make.

Do we really want the same for the UK as they have in America, where if you can’t afford insurance or have an ongoing medical condition you cannot have treatment unless you are one of the wealthy few.

The government does not have a mandate for these sort of sweeping changes and they should not be brought in without a referendum at least or an election fought on these proposals.

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