There are lots of reasons for doctor shortages. But how can we maintain having free healthcare whilst expenses goes up? The cost of living is impacting the lives doctors and GP practices. Could this be the last straw?
One of the key reasons is definitely money. It is the factor for many problems, and is a difficult problem itself to solve.
Healthcare is free when you use it in the UK, unlike other countries, for example, the US. That means the doctors will not get paid as well as other people as they are paid by the government. However in April 2021, the government said that they would give all NHS workers a 4.5% payrise. Still, this did not happen. Not all doctors got what they were promised, and as the cost of living goes up, it is unlikely that the money will be coming in any time soon.
Practices were wondering whether they should pay this money to their doctors, yet they were not given enough money from the government to pay. Soon, money would come personally out of partners pockets, and this would just not do. How would they solve this? In fact, people have to pay larger taxes. So, how does this impact the shortages of healthcare workers? Do you think they may be tempted to move to countires where healthcare is paid for? Will they find other jobs more attractive?
Also, money is needed to pay for equipment and rent. It is hard for hospitals to pay their staff when they also have to focus on bills going up, and the amount of money going down. As Winter comes onto the doorsteps of many people, doctors will not only have to focus on bills, but gas and heating and electricity.
What do you think about this? How does this impact the doctors? How do you think having larger taxes helps the doctors? How would this affect the government?
Maintaining enough Doctors:
As you should now see, it is expensive to remain sutainable and help the world whilst everyday thing get harder and harder to access. If the UK did become a country where healthcare is not free, would that really help in the long run? Would the cost of living stop this. If the government did do this, they would need to plan ahead and be futuristic. Until the cost of living is solved, it will be hard to pay for healthcare as well as other essentials. More people are becoming sick, yet there are less people being healed whilst more people become ill. There are not always enough doctors.
On the BBC news, it shows paramedics speedily bringing in patients from the UK. However, they end up waiting in queues for over 3 hours. Even worse, one patient was unable to pay for transport to a hospital and therefore, could not get any treatment for lung cancer. How do you feel about this? How can reamain having enough doctors? And how can doctors maintain a steady hand whilst the cost of living goes up.