The documentarian looks at the gradual privatisation of the National Health Service
Throughout his 40 years as a filmmaker and journalist John Pilger has continued to dig up uncomfortable truths with his old-school style of investigative journalism. His 61st documentary, The Dirty War on the NHS, is a crowdfunded project that looks at how a prized national institution is quietly being taken out of the hands of the people and into the pockets of the world’s largest health insurance companies. It’s a hot topic during the upcoming election and will remain so long after as Brexit negotiations continue. Watch the trailer for The Dirty War on the NHS above.
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, the NHS, 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 disastrous health insurance system, which results in the death every year of an estimated 45,000 people. Now President Trump says the NHS is “on the table” in any future trade deal with America. Filmed in Britain and the United States, this timely, compelling documentary touches us all and reveals what may be the last battle to preserve the most fundamental human right.
The Dirty War on the NHS can be seen in select UK cinemas from December 1, before playing on ITV on December 17.
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