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JEREMY CORBYN slapped down Donald Trump yesterday after the US president claimed people were marching because the NHS is “going broke and not working.”
Saturday’s demonstration was organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity and NHS Campaigns Together to demand that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt backs off from further privatisation and stops starving the NHS of sufficient funds.
Labour leader Mr Corbyn replied to Mr Trump on Twitter, telling him: “People were marching because we love our NHS and hate what the Tories are doing to it. Healthcare is a human right.”
The co-organisers of the march said the protest was against the prospect of moves to an “American-style system which is widely acknowledged to be one of the most expensive, inefficient and unjust healthcare systems in the world.”
In their own message to Mr Trump, they said: “This is what our demonstration was about … tens of thousands of British people want to show their love for the principles of universal and comprehensive care free at the point of use, paid for through general taxation.
“We don’t agree with your divisive and incorrect rhetoric. No thanks.”
The furore was sparked as Labour secured an urgent debate on the NHS winter crisis yesterday.
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth, who made the demand, said the four-hour A&E waiting time target had effectively been abandoned until March 2019.
Turning on the US president, he told MPs: “By the way, we’ll take no lessons from Donald Trump, who wants to deny healthcare to millions with a system that checks your purse before it checks your pulse.
“The NHS model isn’t broke, but it does need funding. If this government won’t give it the funding it needs, then the next Labour government will.”
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