The NHS needs root and branch reform. It was created to suit a very different country and demographic and hasn't changed since and structurally is unsustainable. I'm all for pumping more money into the NHS but not in its current form - its a waste of tax payers money which is a precious and limited commodity.
Trident won't even put a dent in the NHS - the whole 40 year life cycle cost of trident is estimate to be around £100bn, which is not much more than one year's NHS budget. The NHS has to be sustainable and not rely on ever increasing % of GDP being pumped into it or we'll just continue to roll on from one NHS crisis to the next.
I really don't see what's wrong with taking a lead from other nations who don't have a US style privatised system, but have a system that is free at the point of use and does utilise more private sector involvement. they may pay more into their health service than we do, but that is not the answer. It is terribly arrogant and naive to think the NHS is the ultimate health service. Its not. Its failing despite receiving more money than it ever has.
The answer is not to divert more money to it. Defence/security take the ultimate precedent over anything. Without a safe and secure society then we're screwed.
Of course it doesn't help having an increasing head wind of one trillion pounds of debt that costs us over £43bn a year just to pay the interest on that debt and until we get our structural deficit sorted so we make more money than we spend then we're always going to struggle. I'm not against the country carrying debt, but not when our structural deficit is in such crappy state. Austerity has reduced the structural deficit by two thirds but that is not enough as until that has been eliminated then our national debt will always be increasing. I'm just not sure how much longer we can stand austerity. We should have gone far deeper earlier to eliminate the deficit alot quicker, a short term gain for long term pain strategy. I just can't see how we'll get ourselves on an even keel until we sort out the structural deficit.