"I really don't think there is any empirical evidence anywhere to suggest the Americans are actually nosing around looking to move in, which is a bit of an over-reaction. I think it's also pretty obvious that the private sector as it is does not make much profit out of the NHS either. Nobody ever seems to make money out of these things because they [the NHS contracts] are so under-funded," Lister said.
The activist also pointed out that the UK government was unlikely to massively attract the private sector for funding the NHS as this measure would be highly unpopular.
"It may be that there are people in the government, who envision a longer-term solution and want to get the private sector back in there, but they have to deal with the political reality that this would be massively unpopular with the public. Any government that actually did that would pay a heavy price," Lister added.
Last week, UK Prime Minister Theresa May prompted controversy in the House of Commons by refusing to give a definite answer to a question about the potential US involvement in the UK health service. The move sparked criticism of the Labour Party – the main opposition party in the United Kingdom. It came after US President Donald Trump said that the NHS was "going broke and not working," a claim which was refuted by UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The NHS is currently under fire as lack of its financing resulted in heavy queues and long delays to treatment, which was dubbed as a health crisis by the opposition and watchdogs.
The views and opinions expressed by Dr. John Lister are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.