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For the past thirty years the NHS, like all health care systems in high income countries, has sought improvements in the quality of its services and its productivity through increased assessment and greater accountability to the public.
“I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS”. This was Professor Steven Hawking’s response to an American newspaper which used him as an example to highlight the deficiencies of the NHS writing, ‘People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance in the UK, where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless’.
Left untreated gonorrhoea can cause serious and permanent health problems in both women and men. Over many decades, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes gonorrhoea, has successively developed resistance to each class of antibiotics recommended for treatment and treatment options are becoming depleted  - a worrying prospect given that an estimated 78 million people are infected with gonorrhoea each year globally.  
In the 1970s and 1980s, I remember seeing images of Vietnamese people fleeing violence in their country (the war and later on ethnic tensions) by sea. Around 800,000 people are known to have found refuge in neighbouring countries between 1975 and 1985. At an international conference in 1979 south-east Asian countries agreed to temporarily admit these ‘boat people’ and western countries agreed to assume most of the costs of caring for the boat people and to resettle them in their countries

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