Advertisements

Think the NHS needs more funding? STOP SUPPORTING THE FOREIGN AID BUDGET!

BLOG

NHS spending has always been a passionate debate in the UK. A health service that provides care and services “free at the point of delivery”, is truly remarkable. However, the UK has an ageing population, and understandably the NHS is constantly in a battle with the government over the desperate need for more funding. Neither the Conservatives or Labour would ever consider lowering the foreign aid budget. However, when observing the details and the figures, it is clear that we must use the bulk of money currently going to other countries on the NHS and other domestic services.

According to government figures, £13 billion of taxpayers’ cash is spent on foreign aid each year. Included in these figures, the UK spent £15 million on “stop-smoking schemes in developing countries” in 2017. Not only is this utterly ridiculous, but it is also puzzling as to why the government feels it needs to spend this amount of money abroad.

Everyone accepts that foreign aid can be a good way to improve societies across the world, but £13 billion is simply too much. It is a well-known fact that some of our money goes towards countries such as India, which is one of the strongest economies in the world. Our foreign aid MUST be targeted, otherwise it is unfair to the UK public who contribute the money!

UK foreign aid.jpeg
2015 UK foreign aid spending 

 

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has now made it a legal requirement to spend 0.7% of our GDP to help with “overseas development”. In comparison, the US contributes around £25 billion of its GDP to foreign aid, but that is only 0.18%.

However, last year when the government was questioned about their foreign aid budget they defended it. A spokesmen for the Department of International Development said that the government “is committed to spending every single penny of its aid budget wisely and without waste”.

NHS funding has been the centre of recent political debate, especially since the EU referendum in 2016. A notorious message from Brexiteers was that we can “take back control” of our money and spend it on various sectors, including the NHS.

Greenpeace Re-brands Boris Johnson's Brexit Battlebus
The infamous Vote.Leave bus used in the 2016 EU referendum campaign

Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her NHS funding boost of £394 million per week as the NHS turns 70 years old this year. The government said this was part of the “Brexit dividend” and shows that leaving the EU presents many opportunities.

 

The National Health Service is an institution which all citizens of the UK are proud of, and therefore whenever it struggles people get upset and angry. However, times are changing in the UK due to an ageing population. Social care is another sector which desperately needs more investment. There is no doubt that all parties care about the NHS, but it is unbelievable that neither of the two main parties are prepared to stand up for taxpayers’ money and demand an end to this obscene target. If people want to see long-term steady investment to this glorious health service, then force the government to STOP sending so much money to foreign  countries and to instead focus on BRITISH SOCIETY.

 

 

Advertisements
No Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

BLOG
Seven Labour MP’s resign: is history repeating itself?

The breaking news this morning is that a staggering seven Labour MP’s have resigned from the party this morning. In the press conference, each MP stood up and gave an emotional account of why they believe they can no longer remain a member of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. The main …

Advertisements
BLOG
Opinion: I’d rather be a ‘stupid Brexiteer’ than a deluded Europhile!

European and British media were startled yesterday at a press conference when Donald Tusk made the shocking remarks. When Tusk said that Brexiteers with no plan ‘have a special place in hell’, the room was not only shocked but even Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, realised that Tusk’s remarks would see …

Advertisements
BLOG
1
LABOUR CRISIS: Venezuela, Anti-Semitism, and their Brexit nightmare

In the past few weeks, it would be no surprise to think that the Conservatives are losing to Labour in the polls and that their leader is in a vulnerable position. The truth of the matter is all of those things are correct but in reverse; Labour are going through …

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: