Skip to comments.David Cameron Gaffe: National Health Service is “Second-Rate”
Posted on 01/17/2011 10:10:34 AM PST by Nachum
Some wag has said that a gaffe is any moment in which a politician accidentally tells the truth. Thats probably the case today as David Cameron tells a BBC radio audience that he is going to shake-up the National Health Service (NHS):
The remarks came during an interview on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme as he attempted to promote his flagship policy.
I dont think we should put up with a second rate with coming second best, he said, quickly correcting himself. We should aim to be the best.
This is a touchy subject in Britain because the NHS has regularly been accused of being second-rate by the press. Last year I put up a website and collected dozens of these stories in an attempt to warn Americans what we had to look forward to under national care. Sample story:
Patients who have major surgery in Britain are four times more likely to die than those in America, according to a major new study.
(Excerpt) Read more at verumserum.com ...
But everone is equal in their misery and lack of treatment so that makes it OK. That’s why we just signed on for it too.
I wish our UK health system were merely second rate. That would be bliss.
Serious mistake on his part.
He meant to say “fourth rate.”