Farage admits he still wants a private NHS

After backtracking on leaked comments last year, the UKIP leader tells Radio 4 he still supports privatising healthcare


UKIP leader Nigel Farage has again suggested that he would support privatising the the NHS. In an interview with BBC political editor Nick Robinson, Farage admitted that his party were not behind him on the issue but that he had not changed his opinion:

“I triggered a debate within UKIP that was outright rejected by my colleagues, so I have to accept that. As time goes on, this is a debate that we’re all going to have to return to.”

Farage was responding to Robinson’s questions about a film uncovered last November by the Guardian, in which he told UKIP supporters that the he believed the NHS would be better funded by an insurance based system. He said:

“There is no question that healthcare provision is going to have to be very much greater in 10 years than it is today, with an ageing population, and we’re going to have to find ways to do it.”

Andy Burnham MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary has responded to Farage’s comments:

“Nigel Farage has confirmed that a vote for UKIP is a vote for the privatisation of the NHS and for a full American healthcare system.

“Farage admits he says one thing in public about the NHS but another behind closed doors. He has shown UKIP’s statements on protecting the NHS to be hollow.
“UKIP claim to stand up for working people, but in reality they are more Tory than the Tories. Farage will never be able to distance himself from his real views. He should be honest with the public.”

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72 Responses to “Farage admits he still wants a private NHS”

  1. Xaider

    I guess it’s time you all get off your fantasy land high horse and realise the NHS is a failure. At least Private Hospitals and Doctors provide care worth paying for. The NHS is not free, we pay for it indirectly via taxes.

    By the way, his personal views are not a reflection of UKIP regardless of what they are.

    UKIP are for a free open NHS at the point of use.

    Something you should learn.

  2. Cole

    You just make this stuff up, don’t you?

  3. Cole

    Yes, let’s have a system like the US. Works so well: costs twice as much as the UK system and, even now, doesn’t cover everyone. Oh, and is pretty good at killing people unnecessary too

  4. Cole

    Its the right wingers who don’t care about the patients and want to take us back to the 30s – so they pay less tax and can make money out of healthcare. It’s not a secret.

  5. LB

    So what’s the death rates in the NHS and in US hospitals? How do the rates compare?

  6. Guest

    Ah yes, you’re trying to cherry-pick figures to avoid discussing people dying because they can’t afford treatment.

  7. Guest

    You’re nobody and you evidently care deeply, I see.

    And now you think I’m a worm, what a surprise – you’re showing your bigotry and hate for the world again, Mr. Dick Queue, as you said to call you.

    And then you whine like the little crybaby you are when someone does it, Lord Blagger.

  8. Guest

    Nope, no such policy in your manifesto, Because you don’t have one. And he’s your Dear Leader, and has stated he’ll come back and revise your policy anyway.

    Moreover, that’s an assumption based on you allowing services to continue, for example, which wouldn’t be the case – you quite literally could not afford it with your economic cries against trade.

    But hey, you think allowing the poor access to healthcare is a failure, and that private care gives you value because you can afford it, screw everyone else.

  9. Xaider

    1. UKIP nor the Tories, Labour, and the Greens et cetera have their manifesto released yet.

    This is the point where you’ve immediately demolished any credibility in the rest of your comment.

    2. The policies don’t change regularly contrary to popular belief, it’s misrepresentation by the media. Apparently something Farage said a few years ago in front of about 15-20 people as a debate is somehow automatically a UKIP policy which the media and Tories/Labour spin as ‘retracting’ and proclaiming it was originally a policy; it wasn’t.

    Does that mean whenever Cameron or Miliband say something in a debate, it’s automatically Tory or Labour policy? No.

    I laughed. Your comment was so easy to reduce to nothing.

  10. Xaider

    It’s obvious why people are voting UKIP; being abused by politically correct left wingers is a common occurrence these days.

  11. Xaider

    There aren’t any policies on the NHS?

    I swear individuals such as yourself intentionally sit in a deluded bubble and ignore things which DO exist just to claim they don’t. Many policies have been on the UKIP website for a year now on the exact same place. The fact you bang on and on claiming the same thing is absolutely pathetic.

    It makes me want to puke as to how illogical that is, no wonder the UK is the laughing stock of Europe with an unintelligent workforce that must stare at walls denying human existence exists – that’s what you remind me of, complete and utter out of this world alien-like logic.

    No ones manifesto has been released yet.

  12. McQueue

    Oh Leon, Leon, sorry but I don’t care.

    Bigotry and hate? You show your unhinged descent into unsubstantiated claims – it must be hard to be so mentally insignificant as you.

  13. Guest

    Keep hating on the UK, foreigner.

  14. Guest

    Oh yes, the truth “abuses” you. How dare people speak the truth, as you wield your PC bat, calling anyone who isn’t part of your intellectual in-growth a “left winger”.

  15. Guest

    You evidendly care, as you’re here spouting off your hate.

    You keep screaming that not being just like you is “unhinged”, that not refusing facts is a “descent”, that addressing you using your own term is “unsubstantiated”…

    You keep saying it’s so hard to be so far above your well-below-mental-insignificance or whatever other excuse you’re using today, Dick Queue / Lord Blagger.

    (It’s your porn name, right?)

  16. Guest

    Ah yes, you cackle as you ignore everything else.

    1. Hence you can’t rule it out.

    2. He said it again. The fact remains the same. One person decides UKIP policy, Mr. Farrage.

    You are in fact denial, calling facts “nothing”, and trying to reduce them. You’re a good Orwellian.

  17. Xaider

    Because calling someone a ‘twat’ really speaks the ‘truth’, doesn’t it?


  18. Xaider

    Why do you delete your comment so you can guest post?

    And why would I be a foreigner?

    You: https://disqus.com/by/leonwolfeson

  19. Xaider

    Also, your profile: https://disqus.com/leonwolfeson

    Stop hiding behind guest posts.

  20. Xaider

    Why do you keep trying to hide your Disqus profile?


    1. Your reply made no sense.

    2.1 That’s not a fact, you’re literally making things up.

    2.2 Learn to spell ‘Farage’.

    You’re the one who just made things up, the fact you’re accusing me of ‘making things up’ is hilarious. Extreme hypocrite, Leon.

  21. McQueue

    the only place you’ll find hate is in the mirror, fella.

    —– Reply message —–

  22. Faerieson

    There remain certain essentials that are far too important to hock off to private interest; the CEOs, the board and the shareholders will forever be leeching at funding. We still await the benefits of privatisation of the energy and transport ‘serices.’
    Cameron may attempt to privatise the NHS, but it won’t be in the interests of improving service.

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