People's History of the NHS


Five Questions: Alan Bennett

We asked our wonderful contributors to tell us what the NHS means to them, and to reflect upon their experiences of and with it. Playwright Alan Bennett puts it bluntly: the NHS, he says here, 'is something to be defended. ... The government seems to more inclined think the American model is superior, which seems to me insane. It's part of being English really.' He adds, 'It's changed because it doesn't have enough money ... to fulfil its ideals, or the ideals it started with. It seems to be eroded by private medicine...' Yet at the same time, he describes the ease with which he and millions of others (still) access health services today.


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