Why is the NHS under stress?

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The NHS has been under strain for some time now. However, considering this is a remarkable service that saves so many lives every day, what is causing this stress?

Firstly, the population of the country has increased dramatically since 2010. In 2010, the population was over 63 million but now, in 2020, the population has risen to over 67 million. This will have affected the NHS because if there are more people in the country then more people will need treating for illnesses or injuries. This would put a strain on the NHS as there are too many people and not enough staff to treat them.

This leads me on to my second point - staff. Currently, the UK National Health Service has 100,000 vacancies - enough workers to fill 10 large hospitals. This means that the employees have to work harder so that they can treat all of the patients effectively. However, because they need to make sure that everyone is treated with enough care and to a point where they can be safe. This causes the long queues in A 'n' E and puts all of the nurses and receptionists under stress.

In addition, the NHS can be under stress because of some of the injuries or illnesses people take to hospital. People sometimes go to the hospital for cuts or minor burns that could really be treated at home and do not need medical attention. This means that there are more people than there needs to be at hospital and it puts a strain on the NHS.

In conclusion, the NHS is under stress for several reasons but some of these are population, staff shortages and unnecessary hospital visits. We could help with this if we tried to limit trips to the hospital to needed ones and if we treated the staff like we would want to be treated.


Comments (9)

  • Hammond School logo consistent_date | Hammond Junior School A
    25 Feb 2020

    I agree with you there but the NHS is all across the world and you might know a thing called the corona virus. The corona virus is spreading all around the world infecting and killing people and the NHS are having continuous patients with the corona virus and cannot save all of them.

  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg stellar_lion | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    25 Feb 2020

    They are under stress because there have been rumors of the NHS being sold or closing down.

  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg accomplished_reality | Faringdon Community College | United Kingdom
    25 Feb 2020

    The NHS are under stress because they always have lots of people to look after and not enough doctors and nurses. There are also always people coming in and wasting peoples time just because they have a small injury or even just a cold. They also do not have lots of money so when they have to pay lots for someone's injury then they become lower on money and the pressure is to then be able to pay their employees and afford for more health care. They are also under pressure because they receive under funding from the government and employee shortages. They also have to fight the spread of disease and things like the flu that are going round. People often rely on the NHS but it is not always stable to rely on for this reason. If they had more money then they would not be under pressure.

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_clarinet | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    25 Feb 2020

    I think they are under pressure because everyone relies on them when they can’t always help.

  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    26 Feb 2020

    The NHS is under continuous stress because of several factors. Firstly, Britain’s aging population, in 1995 there were less than 9 million people over the age of 65, in 10 years there could be 23 million over the age of 65. The reason why this is a valid factor is that as people get older, they will be less willing to take up these kinds of roles due to them being near retirement. Secondly, because of how stretched the NHS is, from non-emergencies in A&E to people going to a hospital for a bad bruise. When you know your injury is not an emergency just call 111 for advice or go to your local GP. Thirdly, budget cuts are affecting the NHS hugely, due to this they cannot handle all these patients turning up daily. Concluding, I think the NHS is under so much pressure because of funding cuts, the aging population and the non-emergency visits to A&E.

  • avatar.jpg EXPERT: Chloe Storey, Paralegal @ Clifford Chance
    26 Feb 2020

    Thanks for your comment honorable_conclusion! Which of these issues that you've talked about do you think is causing the biggest problem for the NHS? And why?

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    28 Feb 2020

    Personally, to help the issue where you explained how some cases can be treated at home, the NHS need to make their number 111 more know. I think this for when we were told in our BNC lesson, the majority of the class did not know plait the number! TRhis can be a n issue as you said, since many people may not know how to treat a cut or a burn effectively - so they decide to go the he NHS. The number can help you fix your problems by just talking a member of the NHS, who will tell you what to do in the sisutation you are in. People could make this more known to the uk by putting it on posters, billboards or simply an advert on the television.
    Overall, I think we should make the number 111 more known to prevent more people visiting the NHS then needs be.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      entertaining_strawberry's comment 01 Mar 2020

      Thank you for telling us about your experience in your BNC session, it helps strengthen your argument!

  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy blithesome_guava | Ormiston Sudbury Academy | United Kingdom
    03 Mar 2020

    All though I Agree with most that has been said and the reasons you have stated I disagree with that stated.

    I disagree with the "minor injurie" section sometime people don't have the supplies to take care of them self let along siblings, parents exacta or they can't because they don't now how they can treat it (I mean in a stressful situation could fully remember how to do it when your child (Or other) is screaming) and it can be so over whelming for you if your home along.

    Over all I think that some times "minor injuries" are not so minor.

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