Another Tory MEP speaks out against the NHS

David Cameron's "wholehearted commitment to the NHS" came under fire from one of his own side again last night as yet another Tory MEP brought into question the very ideals of the health service. Tory MEP Charles Tannock said: "We need to look at these issues again, I know they are controversial but I don't think that people who are in a job would actually be against, say, spending £10 to see their GP"

David Cameron’s “wholehearted commitment to the NHS” came under fire from one of his own side again last night as yet another Tory MEP brought into question the very ideals of the health service.

Only last week the Tory leader made a key-note speech in which he reaffirmed his personal belief in “the principle of a healthcare system that is free at the point of use, based on need and not the ability to pay” – a principle that has once more been undermined by an errant MEP.

Speaking on last night’s Channel Four News Dr Tannock said:-

“I would be totally in favour of small co-payments, ie. small payments being made if you turn up to things and perhaps small fines being levied if you don’t.

“We need to look at these issues again, I know they are controversial but I don’t think that people who are in a job would actually be against, say, spending £10 to see their GP or being fined £10 if they don’t show up to an out-patients.”

Watch his interview here:-

The latest row follows the storm of controversy which erupted when Dr Tannock’s colleague Daniel Hannan described the NHS as a “60-year mistake” which he “wouldn’t wish on anybody”.

Mr Hannan was in the news again earlier this week after the release of a video in which he said Enoch Powell, whose 1968 ‘Rivers of blood’ speech was one of the most incendiary of modern times, was his “key political influence“.

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