So far I haven’t seen any posts this issue on how we can save the NHS, especially since the issue is the “future of healthcare.” So I decided to do this owing to the fact that discussions about this are continuously brought up in our BNC sessions.
I came across this article from the Guardian saying that a ten pound entrance fee could save the NHS. Sice the NHS is losing a lot of funding service is going very down hill. Since this article was written in twenty fourteen it said that by twenty twenty there would be a shortfall of thirty billion pounds a year or more. I decided to do some research and decided to see is the prediction was true. I couldn’t find any exact money wise evidence; however, one article said that over fifteen thousand beds were cut in hospitals around the United Kingdom in the past six years by the government. This means that so many patients can’t have the proper treatment because the hospitals aren’t being given the money to have the proper facilities. A ten pounds membership fee can do a lot for the NHS especially if everyone in the Uk pays it. Even though the NHS gets everything it needs from our tax’, it’s not really fair to argue that they’re not doing their job properly because they have to do what they can actually do and whats best for the patient and the other patients that they are taking care of. However, I am finding that I have to contadict my own argument, especially since throught this issue I have heard a lot of NHS horror stories. And one that has really stuck out to me is about the young boy with pneaumonia, who has to sleep on the floor. I have used this source many times before mainly because it’s a very good demonstration of the lack of funding the NHS is given and how we can look to find change in our lives.
One another Guardian article one of the solutions to saving the NHS is to fine people for appointments they miss or cancel at short notice. In the United Kingdom about 10% of all NHS appointments go to waste owing to the fact that patients do not turn up for them. As a result of this it should therefore result in a fine. Furthermore another 10% of all NHS appointments go to waste becausepatients cancel them at the last minute or at short notice, without giving NHS workers the time to refill the spots. Due to this up to 20% of NHS appointments go to waste because of careless patients not attending or cancelling at the last minute. There should be a charge for cancelling an appointment with short notice like dentists have. This could make people think that they might lose a lot of money if they don’t turn up to their next appointmen. I don’t want to use the word care; however, this solution is really using that sort of technique.
Another way to save the NHS is to Introduce an all-party parliamentary committee working with all NHS staff groups, including managers and clinicians. This means that the government should have to work a lot closer with the NHS to see first hand what’s actually happening. Recommendations should be trial ran with patient groups; and then go out to public consultation. Owing to the fact that there is more than one problem that the NHS has the government shouldn’t just focus on the lack of funding that they are receiving but as well alas the future plan and vision for the NHS.
To add, doctors surgeries should be allowed to be open longer or have easily available walk-in centres so people don’t go to A&E because they’ve got a cut on their hand and other small injuries.
Furthermore, there should be more education done surrounding what help you need to get depending on you’re injury. We do first aid. Okay. But we don’t get told how we can respond to certain situations. This is a bit confusing so here is a few examples of the extended things we need to know: who to call; times when we don’t need to call; could we tend to the injury ourselves? In our school last year it was compoulsary to do an extra curricular s you weren’t allowed to choose but everyone got a go at everything. I got thought first aid in the first half term which was pretty helpfull becaus eknow I properly know how to perform CPR. But they only covered the serious things. The reason why I’m saying this is because a lot of people go into A and E because they have a slight burn or a cut on their hand. These are both pretty serious in some cases but we need to think, nine nine nine or one one one, A and E or GP. Because the hospital would have to spend a lot of time catering for something small when a leg could be broken and they urgently need a bed. They could also save a lot of money if a few patients didn’t come to the hospital because of burns and cuts.
In conclusion there are many things that could be done to save our NHS and at the same time we could all do our bit to help out.