Letter – The NHS must prioritise patient care above all else

Dear Editor,

I find it distressing to read that an 86 year old woman who “has had three heart attacks, heart surgery, cancer treatment and can hardly walk” has been told she no long qualifies for free NHS patient transport.  Surely this goes against the entire point of the NHS if we refuse services to the most vulnerable in society?

I am passionate about defending our free NHS, but changes are desperately needed to make sure that money is spent where it should be spent: on patient care.  I am fundamentally opposed to the privatisation of the NHS (including Labour’s PFI project to privatise by stealth) but it is time we had a serious, grown up, constructive conversation on all sides about how to improve patient care.

Jonathan Arnott MEP

UKIP, North East

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