Accrington Observer - - YOUR VIEWS -

IT’S good to see Brian Livesey back on your pages af­ter a time (‘Was the NHS Labour gift?’, Let­ters March 30).

I would like to add a few com­ments though.

It may be true that the idea for a Na­tional Health ser­vice may have come from a few sources but the point is that it was ac­tu­ally formed by a Labour ad­min­is­tra­tion and de­spite be­ing voted against by Churchill and the Tories who have con­tin­ued to hold a grudge ever since.

It is also true that the den­tal and spec­ta­cles free is­sue was with­drawn be­cause of the huge ini­tial re­sponse.

This was pru­dent and the Tories no doubt agreed with that.

The dif­fer­ence now to then is that then the Con­ser­va­tive re­luc­tance to prop­erly fund it was about eco­nomics. Now it is about driv­ing it into al­most poverty be­cause a high num­ber of the party have ties or in­vest­ment in pri­vate medicine, us­ing ex­cuses about age­ing pop­u­la­tions which don’t seem to be af­fect­ing other coun­tries’ health ser­vices or pen­sion ages like ours.

But then their economies have much higher growth than ours, due to Tory in­com­pe­tence.

Just a fi­nal point on the mat­ter. The in­fer­ence about the Na­tional Health be­ing a gift for us is not true. It is not a gift. We pay for it through taxes. So it is a right that it is prop­erly funded. Where else are you forced to pay for some­thing that is let­ting peo­ple down? David En­twistle via email

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