The truth about The Investor’s Business Daily, Professor Stephen Hawking and MND/Lou Gehrig’s Disease

You’d think a publication with the title of The Investor’s Business Daily would be a pretty reputable publication, dedicated to checking its facts, otherwise how could it talk cover a subject such as investment? You’d be wrong. The Investor’s Business Daily was where the story about Professor Stephen Hawking and his experiences (or claimed lack of!) with the NHS first appeared. The gist was that under the UK’s socialised healthcare system he wouldn’t have received the care he needed. The Investor’s Business Daily has since corrected its story to make it clear that Professor Hawking does in fact live in the UK and owes his life to the NHS. Indeed Professor Hawking has since said: ‘I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived."

However, not content with one nasty lie, the Investor’s Business Daily has returned with an even bigger lie. In this editorial they claim:

We also say that not everyone suffering from a debilitating disease is Stephen Hawking, and we hope our critics would acknowledge that. Hawking is a renowned theoretical physicist, university professor and best-selling author. It is doubtful any National Health Service bureaucrat would cut him off.

The clear implication is that hadn’t he been famous, that the NHS would have ‘cut him off’.

How do I know the Investor’s Business Daily is written by liars? Simple. My mum died of Motor Neurone Disease (MND or in the US better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). That’s the same debilitating disease that Professor Hawking suffers from. There is no cure. My mum wasn’t famous, just fantastic.The NHS did a fantastically, brilliant, excellent job in caring for my Mum. There aren’t enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe how much #welovetheNHS.That’s how I know The Investor’s Business Daily is lying.


About Stuart Bruce

International communications consultant and PR trainer specialising in online public affairs, digital corporate communications, online PR and social media; frequent national media commentator and conference speaker.
  • Thomas Atcheson

    Hawking was also diagnosed at least ten years may be even twenty, before he’d done anything out of the ordinary or noteworthy, at least in the eyes of the general public.

    A fairly long period of treatment for free without having to double check the loopholes in his “private insurance”, had he been American.

  • http://www.tom-watson.co.uk Tom

    A moving post, Stuart. I think it will focus minds.

  • http://www.karenbruce.co.uk Karen Bruce

    I can also confirm that my wonderful mother in law received first class treatment from the NHS and we were very grateful. It was very important to her that she saw Esme as she knew she was dying when I was pregnant. She managed to see Esme, her new baby granddaughter several times. It is disgraceful that this publication is misrepresenting the truth about our NHS.

  • Joe

    Stuart many thanks.