There is a debate continuing around the social security system on whether those who have paid in more should get back more when they need it... There are two crucial factors missing from this debate.
I'm getting sick of this 'something for nothing' attitude that MPs seem to have regarding social security. They complain about giving Jobseeker's Allowance to people who haven't spent many years in employment, and forget that to have spent many years in employment one also has to have lived many years since leaving education.
If charges are necessary - and I don't run the NHS budget, so I don't know - then it needs to be done very carefully. There needs to be complete consideration of the principle of the NHS - that people who can't afford healthcare should not remain ill or unable to work for that reason.