A BRITISH blogger has condemned critics of the NHS and insists “old people are not to blame” for the health service’s crisis.
June Slater, from Manchester, has slammed those who use the excuse of an ageing population as the Department of Health continues to grapple with the deterioration of the service.
And in a heartfelt video, which has been shared more than 154,000 times, Ms Slater has laid bare the public’s perception of the service.
Ms Slater also said she is deeply concerned with health tourism and calls for the foreign aid budget to be scrapped so people can access healthcare.
Campaigner says the NHS is not failing because of the older generation.
So you have to look at the core of this, and it certainly isn’t old people, it isn’t old people sapping the strength of the NHS
Now Ms Slater is demanding that the blame culture that exists is wiped out and that serious change is implemented to help those who need the service most.
The NHS was first conceived in 1942 and was later implemented by Aneurin Bevan when he took over as Minster for Health following the 1945 General Election.
The first patients were received in 1948 so universal healthcare could exist in Britain.
Now Mrs Slater says she believes the system has lost sight of the reason for its inception and that a new strategy is needed to save the crippled service.
In the video she says: “I am really sick of old people getting the blame for state of the NHS.
“The NHS was developed by Bevan so working class and poor people could seek medical attention without any fees because they were dying for simple things like bronchitis.
“Do you think Bevan foresaw the fact that the NHS would be used for things like a gastric band, IVF or boob jobs for those with low self esteem, all expensive procedures do you think he foresaw that?
“Do you think he ever thought in this wildest dreams that overseas visitors from the EU would come to see their relatives here and get their names on our waiting lists for things like hip replacements, do you think he ever thought that would happen? I don’t think so.
“Do you think he ever thought that our Governments would send so much money in foreign aid that it wouldn’t have enough money to fund its on National Health Service?
“£150m to India while India spends its own money on rockets, do you think a decent human being like Bevan would have thought that would happen?
“So you have to look at the core of this, and it certainly isn’t old people, it isn’t old people sapping the strength of the NHS.
“The NHS is expected to put every mortal thing right that goes wrong with the human body and it hasn’t got enough funds to do it, so things have got to change, we have got to stop spending this money overseas like we do, and we’ve got to get out of the EU so we don’t have to fund operations for people that haven’t paid into the system.
“It’s not old people and I will never accept that in a month of Sundays, we’ve paid in longer than you, remember that!”