The NHS saves my life every day – we must do everything we can to protect it

Full story in The Independent, 2 July 2018

Free at the point of need. That for me, as we debate the NHS on its 70th birthday, is the one thing that should remain sacrosanct. It is a beautiful concept, and a line that should not be crossed.

Whatever the NHS’s flaws, it means that if you get sick you should expect to be treated without regard to your resources or your position in society. At least in theory.

I have type 1 diabetes. This means that my body destroyed the cells that produce insulin, a hormone without which the body cannot break down and make use of energy-providing carbohydrates.