Friday, January 28, 2005

NHS - Free or Fee

This is the title of a debate I was chairing at Southampton University this evening. It was a lively discussion and the students had plenty to say - which meant the whole thing went with a swing.
Chatting to some of the students afterwards was a very pleasurable experience as it is always good to meet young, lively people with an optimistic view of life.

At the end of the meeting I took a vote (well I had missed one earlier and one gets withdrawal symptoms) and there was a large majority in favour of "free" but interestingly nearly everyone also thought that the public had high expectations and there needed to be a realistic view (probably a public debate) about what should be supplied on the NHS and what should not.

Hopefully the NHS will be safe in their hands.