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Stephen Hawking Says The NHS "Must Be Protected From Commercial Interests"

The world-famous physicist describes the NHS as Britain's "finest public service" in a short film for Channel 4.

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Only last summer, I caught pneumonia, and would have died, but for the NHS hospital care. We must retain this critical public service, and prevent the establishment of a two-tier system, with the best medicine for the wealthy, and an inferior service for the rest.

He receives 24-hour care from three nurses.

They have to physically force his food down his throat (because his swallowing is impaired), bathe him and take a variety of measures to make sure he doesn't succumb to pressure sores or pneumonia. While he is still able to communicate, he's only able to do so at six words per minute.

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