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Is the NHS more likely to survive a Leave or Remain vote? Or is it screwed either way?

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BirdInTheRoom Mon 20-Jun-16 10:24:51

Will the threat of TTIP, and increased pressure on the NHS from the soaring population be the death knell of the NHS in the event of a Remain vote, or is just as likely to collapse in the event of Brexit?? Can it be saved?

Mistigri Mon 20-Jun-16 10:28:07

What the NHS needs is for spending, as a percentage of national income, go rise towards the levels in other comparable European healthcare systems, most of which spend considerably more on health services. This is not a question that the referendum will decide.

shinytorch2 Mon 20-Jun-16 10:39:33

Other European healthcare systems have some form of insurance based payments....we have the only free at the point of delivery for anyone service. That is not sustainable, especially with an ageing, more obese, more diabetic rapidly growing population, and with the medical advances being made and more expensive medication available. The Blair years proved that just throwing money at the NHS will not solve the problem - it is a system that will swallow all the money you throw at it, and still want more. It needs total reform....I don't have an answer though! I speak as someone who used to work in the NHS.

Here's an article about how other European countries run their health services:

Millyonthefloss2 Mon 20-Jun-16 10:47:44

The NHS is safer outside the EU.

The UK loves the NHS and will protect it.

The EU is not interested in the NHS. It is very likely to sign away its protection from privatisation by agreeing to TTIP or something similar.

MP and ex NHS nurse Maria Caulfield explains it better than I can.

"TTIP allows for an undemocratic institution potentially to tear down regulatory barriers and reduce protection against big businesses who want unprecedented access to Europe’s public health services."

The EU has already dismantled nationalised organisations all over Europe. It is in favour of privatisation at all costs. If you are in doubt about that, watch Lexit the Movie.

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