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The NHS saved me. As a scientist, I must help to save it | Stephen Hawking

The crisis in the health service has been created by politicians who want to privatise it – when public opinion, and the evidence, point in the opposite direction
Stephen Hawking gives a talk in Berkeley, California. ‘In July I celebrated my 75th birthday … I would not be here today were it not for the NHS.’ Photograph: Kimberly White/Reuters

Like many people, I have personal experience of the NHS. In my case, medical care, personal life and scientific life are all intertwined. I have received a large amount of high-quality NHS treatment and would not be here today if it were not for the service.

The care I have received since being diagnosed with motor neurone disease as a student in 1962 has enabled me to live my life as I

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