I resisted posting this earlier, given that AF and stress are unhappy bedfellows - this is a bit of a political post so click off it if it's going to cause you a problem (I don't want to be indirectly contributing to people's AF)
I was a little taken aback and rather irritated at President Trump's suggestion yesterday when he said the NHS would be on the table in any negotiations for trade deals. This, to me, was an alarming prospect that in order for a "very good deal" with the US post-brexit we would have to consider the prospect of farming out some services to US companies.
Granted, today, he has supposedly backtracked and said the NHS wouldn't be included but I can't honestly believe he would take it off the table altogether.
There are a couple of scenarios I'm not sure about with regards to this:
1) He was asked in open forum if the NHS would be part of any deal, it caught him on the hope and he didn't consider the question properly
2) He heard the NHS mentioned, didn't know what it was, but didn't want to look stupid so answered the question anyway
3) He fully intended that the NHS would be on the table as part of the deal, but because of the backlash from public, opposition, trade unions and potential future Prime Ministers, he's gone on record to say he didn't mean it - but still does want it on the table.
It worries me, and disturbs me that the institution could be carved up and given out for profit, particularly as some services deemed "none essential" have already been given stricter guides on if they should be performed or not. Couple this with the fact that a lot of MPs who advocate partial privatisation have interest in some private sector corporations we're already fighting a battle to keep it at the point of use.
Admittedly, improvements to efficiency and education of the general public towards using it is needed to save money and prevent it being a financial black hole.... but I'd imagine the last thing we need is to take away what is a fantastic institution I have dedicated me entire working life to and has saved me from the brink of disaster numerous times.
Any thoughts, both transatlantic and closer to home?