One of the wonderful things about living in this country is that the moment you're injured or fall ill - no matter who you are, where you are from, or how much money you've got - you know that the NHS will look after you.
Ten years ago today I was in hospital after having had an emergency ceasarian section; I was in hospital for five days, in a private room, and given the best possible medical care. Four years later, I did the same thing - five days in hospital, in a private room, and aftercare at home for several weeks.
I had fantastic pre- and post-natal care, and so did my kids. If I need to see a doctor I phone up and see one the same day. If my kids need medicine they get it there and then. I never have to fill out a single form or pay a single penny.
I love the NHS, I am grateful to the NHS, and if Sarah Palin et al believes it is 'evil' and 'Orwellian' then it shows that their ignorance is more profound than I had imagined.