The Dirty War on the NHS

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The Dirty War on the NHS
Certificate12A
Year2019
GenreDocumentary
DirectorJohn Pilger
LanguageEnglish
CountryUK
Running Time1HR 45MINS
SeasonMain Programme

John Pilger's new documentary, The Dirty War on the NHS, "goes to the heart of the struggle for democracy today", he says. Britain's National Health Service was the world's first universal public health service.

Designed to give millions of people "freedom from fear", the NHS today is under threat of being sold off and converted to a free market model inspired by America's health insurance system. Now President Trump says the NHS is "on the table" in any future trade deal with America. 

"This film is a tribute to a unique institution," says Pilger at the start of Dirty War, which is about threatened democracy. Above all, it is a warning. Pilger investigates the dismantling "by stealth" of the National Health Service, "a last bastion of true public service".