When I was born, almost 50 years ago, in the bitter winter of 1963, the National Health Service was just 15 years old. It must still have been hard for people to believe that – for the first time in the history of these islands – they could fall ill without risking financial ruin, that nobody need die for want of funds.
That\’s also the first year that the NHS actually built a hospital. Before that it was simply using what others had built from private funds.
And as to not dying for lack of funds: what the hell does anyone think NICE does? Decides who will die for lack of funds of course.
It\’s a different method of taking the decision, sure, but it\’s the same decision being taken.