What a brilliant set of entries this week! There was so much careful thought about the numbers we've discovered in this Issue!
Our Primary winner is committed_physics of Richmond Hill Academy, who took a wider view of the purpose of the NHS to justify their choice. They also looked at the other statistics and demonstrated how their chosen fact linked to others. Well done!
Our Secondary winner is upbeat_contribution of Ormiston Six Villages Academy. They argued for the importance of the lack of staff, and outlined the knock on effect this would have on other areas of the NHS, and coherently justified why this is most important area to address. Well done!
Look out for our new competition launching shortly!
You have probably seen quite a few facts about the NHS that show the difficulties it is facing. For example:
- The NHS uses 21 different electronic systems to record patients' data
- The population is getting older - by 2066 it is estimated that 26% of residents will be 65 or over (it's currently 18%).
- Nearly 100,000 jobs are not filled at the moment
- It costs eight times as much to treat someone who is 90 compared to someone is 30
- In December 2019, every major A&E unit failed to hit its 4 hour waiting target
So this week's competition asks:
Think about all the NHS facts you've learnt so far in the BNC.
Which is most important and why?
This could be one of the 5 above, or it might be something another from your BNC sessions, or something you've seen in one of our quizzes.
IT MUST NOT BE ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS - only statistics/facts about the NHS we have given you.
Important might mean it needs to be tackled first, or it has big consequences, or dealing with it could make the biggest difference to the future of health care.
In your answer, state the fact and then your reasons why it needs to be tackled first, before the others.
The competition closes on Friday 13th March at 10:30am. Good luck!
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