because it's no longer all 'free' at the point of use.
Waiting in my doctor's reception room this morning, I noticed that those who wish to take the advices of NHS Direct must call a local rate non-geographical (0845) telephone number.
This means, of course, that you pay to call it - so it is neither technically nor ideologically nor actually free.
So that's the whole rationale of the NHS buggered, then.
Someone tell Alan Johnson.