HCT march prompts Trump tweet - and international coverage for NHS underfunding

On Saturday 3rd February veteran "professional" campaigners, families, OAPs, NHS professionals, trade unionists and people from every part of England and Wales joined in a march of about 60,000 from outside University College Hospital in Gower Street to Whitehall. This was a repeat of the much bigger march on 4th March 2017 along almost the exactly same route.

Amazingly 2 days later it has become an international news story - at last the severe underfunding and repeated wrongheaded reorganisations which protesters reject have hit the international news headlines following a comment by Nigel Farage on Fox News and a response by President Trump - which was based on his complete misunderstanding of our NHS.

In this news piece the BBC effectively advertised: "The US health system is crap".

If you google "Fox news NHS march" you find that the march is covered in major outlets:

(1) Fox News: http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2018/02/03/thousands-march-to-demand-more-money-for-uk-health-service.html

(2) The  Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/02/05/trump-thought-the-british-were-protesting-against-their-health-service-they-werent/?utm_term=.cc2fb6ef5130

(3) Huffpost  (UK edition):  http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/donald-trump-attacks-the-nhs-after-nigel-farage-appears-on-fox-news_uk_5a784a57e4b01ce33eb5225c

(4) Sky News: https://news.sky.com/story/donald-trump-says-nhs-is-going-broke-and-thousands-are-marching-11237776

(5) The Times:  https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/jeremy-hunt-hits-back-at-donald-trump-over-broke-nhs-jibe-g556wxsr9

  Save Our Hospitals demonstrators as part of the Health Campaigns Together and People's Assembly and NHS campaigners in general (ALL the groups) -  have broken through onto an international stage.


Thank you, Mr Farage, for banging on about your favourite topic of immigration and blaming that, wrongly, for the pressure on the NHS.

Thank you, Mr Trump, for misunderstanding Nigel Farage's comments.

Thank you, Mr Hunt, for saying that 28M Americans don't have health cover and that [in the UK] "all get care no matter the size of their bank balance"....

Two wrongs did make a right: I am referring to proper coverage of the HCT/PA march, of course.

 

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