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To: The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
KEEP THE NHS FREE AT THE POINT OF DELIVERY
Publicly commit to keeping the NHS free at the point of delivery with no new charges to individuals or mandatory private insurance arrangements for using NHS services.
Why is this important?
The NHS has always been free at the point of delivery - that's one of the principles on which it was created (see: fatpod.org). Millions of ordinary people rely on this principle.
I was lucky enough to know my great-grandmother, who raised her family of 5 before the NHS existed. She told me of family meetings, when someone was ill, to decide which meals would be skipped in order to be able to pay for them to see a doctor. We cannot allow government to re-create a "pre-NHS" society by charging directly for NHS services or demanding private insurance policies for healthcare (which would only benefit insurance companies). We already have insurance for free-at-the-point-of-delivery healthcare - it's called National Insurance (NI), to which we all contribute when we can. Individuals should not be penalised financially for being ill and needing NHS services. The website fatpod.org is dedicated to keeping the National Health Service "FATPOD" - Free At The Point Of Delivery. You can find more information there.