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Is The NHS Still A Free Service?

The recent celebrations to mark the life of the NHS were seen as a wake more than a celebration by some who are very close to the institution. Over the last few years we have seen more and more back door charges introduced, dentists refusing to take NHS patients and doctors overloaded with more patients per doctor than ever before. On top of this we have see prescription charges in the UK continue to rise and more services farmed out to private companies. All in all the historical principles of the NHS seem to have been forgotten.

The NHS has grown into a monster which the government can no longer afford to feed, money is tight and with more people than ever before seeking medical assistance and advice the strain is really starting to tell. We have even seen some NHS Trusts taking on expensive cover from outside the region to ensure that there are enough doctors on call. Indeed doctors recently threatened to ignore the government's attempts to revamp and 'modernise' their industry, only to be paid off by government blood money at the very end.

The NHS is no longer free, it is a business, and if you ever need proof just trying parking at a hospital and see how much that costs you. Hospitals are making literally millions of pounds a year charging you to visit sick friends and relatives.

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