There's been lots of crocodile tears from all sides about the parlous state of the NHS in recent weeks, driven by the USA's debate over whether to have an equivalent publicly-run health service or not.
Thatcherite poster boy, local MEP and general Tory buffoon Dan Hannan started the row (as usual) by telling a US audience that the NHS was a "sixty-year mistake".
Labour politicians - presumably afraid to admit that some of their number were using their excessive ministerial salaries to opt out and buy private health care for themselves and their families - completely failed to defend the NHS and its staff, despite the facts that life expectancy is longer in the UK than the US - and that American taxpayers pay more NOT to have an NHS than we do to fund one.
It wouldn't be so bad if this was just an academic row - but it isn't.
Just this week, The Argus has run two stories revealing the extent of the cash shortfall faced by local NHS services under Labour's stewardship: on Monday it led with the shocking news that crumbling Sussex hospitals faced a £120 million unpaid bill for a backlog of building repairs - and yesterday we learned that here in Kemp Town the Royal Sussex County Hospital alone has spent £3 million on temporary staff since April.
Sometimes it seems that only the Green Party remains committed to a publicly-funded, free for all, health service - and believe that it's fairer to fund it from general taxation than a share of the profits made by the private companies the government is sneaking into the NHS with increasing frequency.