The news that co-payments may now be allowed in the NHS should be welcomed by all those for whom medical care is the only priority. The move will, of course, be panned by those for whom the class war is important and adopt the attitude of, well if I can't have it no one can.
At the moment, if a particular cancer drug can save your life but your local healhcare trust won't pay for it, you're stuffed. You can of course pay for it yourself but then the Trust can withdraw all other NHS treatment. What a byzantine system.
I have a problem with my right shoulder. I am paying for physiotherapy. That doesn't affect my rights to further NHS treatment. Why should it when drugs are involved?
We already have a so-called two tier health service. All today's announcement does is recognise that and allow people, if they have to, to spend their own money to prolong a life. How on earth can that be wrong?
Those arguing that it is wrong need to examine their own motivations very carefully. For they are rarely motivated by clinical excellence. More often it is pure class envy and a hankering for a socialist utopia that never was.