British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday she was proud of the country’s healthcare system, responding to comments by U.S. President Donald Trump who tweeted which the service was “going broke as well as not working.”
“The prime minister will be proud of having an NHS which will be free at the point of delivery. NHS funding will be at a record high as well as was prioritized inside the budget with an extra 2.8 billion pounds ($3.9 billion),” the spokesman told reporters.
“inside the recent the Commonwealth Fund international survey the NHS was rated the best inside the earth for a second time.
Trump drew a fierce reaction by angry Britons, including Health Minister Jeremy Hunt, after criticizing Britain’s publicly funded National Health Service.
Trump used the NHS to make a domestic political point arguing against the provision of universal healthcare, although 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 inside the U.K. because their U system will be going broke as well as not working. Dems want to greatly raise taxes for definitely bad as well as non-personal medical care. No thanks!” Trump tweeted.
Britain’s health system delivers free care for all. which will be typically one of the most important issues for voters during elections as well as often regarded as a weakness for May’s Conservative, or Tory, Party, whose opponents accuse the government of inadequately investing in which.
Twitter users flooded to defend the NHS, with many pointing out which the march Trump referred to was organized by groups which want to raise the health service’s funding, not dismantle which.
The rally drew 60,000 people to central London on Saturday according to one of its organizers, Health Campaigns Together. Protesters demanding more funding for the service marched on Prime Minister May’s office.
Even Health Secretary Hunt, one of the main targets of the protesters’ anger, snapped back sharply at Trump.
“I may disagree with claims made on which march although not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28 (million) people have no cover. NHS may have challenges although I’m proud to be by the country which invented universal coverage — where all get care no matter the size of their bank balance,” said Hunt.
Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted back to Trump: “Wrong. People were marching because we love our NHS as well as hate what the Tories are doing to which. Healthcare will be a human right.”
According to the earth Bank, Britain spends 9.1 percent of its GDP on health care, compared to 17.1 percent inside the United States. Average British life expectancy will be 81.6 years, nearly three years longer than inside the United States.
Last month, May apologized after the health service postponed tens of thousands of non-emergency operations to free up staff as well as beds to deal with emergency patients.
Trump’s latest Twitter outburst against Britain comes only a week after he offered to apologize for a row triggered last year by his reposting of anti-Muslim videos originally posted by a leader of a British far-right fringe group.
He also drew scorn by across the British political spectrum last year for criticizing the mayor of London after attackers drove a van into a crowd as well as stabbed people near London Bridge, killing eight.
May was the first international leader to visit Trump in Washington after his inauguration last year as well as has given him an invitation on behalf of Queen Elizabeth for a state visit. Trump was due in London to open a fresh U.S. embassy building This specific month although canceled the visit.