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How can the NHS be improved?
Working in the NHS
Working in the NHS
Date: 28/02/03, updated on 28/02/03 (1326 review reads)
What is the NHS?
The NHS was first founded in 1948, after World War II. It was set up to cover accidents, emergencies and healthcare. Originally it was free and covered everything including acts of God such as diseases known as Cancer. But it prioritised peoples needs, so people with more severe illnesses were treated first. These factors are still the same to this present day except people now have to pay prescription charges through National Insurance (first instated in 1950). The NHS is available to all members of the general public living in the nation but it is funded by the government through taxes. So directly the NHS is free but because we provide funds for it through taxes therefore it is not free indirectly. It is not the general public’s choice to pay taxes instead it is compulsory so when taxes are raised to provide more funds, this can cause an increase in grievances. Also everyone pays the same amount for National Insurance, the charges are set and do not vary depending on how often or how much a person uses the service.
What is the main problem with the NHS?
The government is constantly trying to improve the NHS to cater better for the general public. Especially since the NHS is burdened with very high expectations, since it is funded through people’s taxes. However funding has always posed a problem since the NHS always seems to have a lack of money it requires, even through careful rationing. As new treatments and medicine are available to the service, the NHS feels a need to invest in it even if it is very expensive since it carries the possibilities of saving lives and reducing the national death rate. However a recent problem arose which could be fatal to the NHS, evidence has shown that a demographic time bomb is on the way. Basically there is a growing dependent population (increase in elderly people). Since the dependent population uses the service more frequently this could lead to a large drain in fund
s especially when the long expected dramatic increase occurs as the middle class shifted to the dependent population. This is very ironic that an increase in life expectancy/dependent population is the one thing NHS have tried to extend by improving their healthcare and advising better diets, but now it poses the problem of draining all their funds from high demand of the service.
How can it be solved?
There are a number of possibilities to reduce the intensity of the rising problem. These include a massive increase in taxes, but no doubtingly would be welcomed by the general public. This could lead to a vast amount of grievances demonstrated through public demonstrations and rebellion to pay such high rates of taxes. Although this is the most obvious of solutions it would be certainly dramatically increase government unpopularity, which it depends on to win general elections and stay in power. Although obviously, it is the most unlikely for that reason. Another solution that is also obvious and is to make the public directly pay for how much they use the NHS which is successfully exercised in USA, who have one of the best healthcare units in the world. However many will also oppose this solution since they are used to the term free healthcare although indirectly it is the opposite, thus creating more grievances from general public. The final and most likely solution to occur is to maintain the service as free (charge taxes) but make people pay for additions they want such as beds, rooms, food etc. It could be managed like a hotel, the more the people pay the better the additions they get. But this does not affect the quality of medical treatment.
In conclusion the best step forward for the NHS and most likely to be adapted by the general public effectively is to keep the service free but make people pay for extras, adapting to more business like approach. Since currently beds and food supplements are at a poor standard but there could de
finitely be an increase in quality. Also it could see an increase in wages for employees and it may help fund for better equipment.