Can you blog about your experiences and observations with health care in the UK on your blog? You can almost guarantee that I will click to it, barring hell, flood, high wind, etc.
An almost guarantee is good enough for me.
OK – I don’t think you can break down the NHS into two parts, the reason for that is that the NHS is a part and integrated into the British society so tightly it would be almost inhuman in endeavour to break it from the society as a whole.
I have never been without the NHS, I was born in an NHS hospital and cared for by nurses who were trained in that, or a near-by hospital. When I was ill – I went to a Dr, no one ever said that I couldn’t go, I rang up, made an appointment and attended.
If I needed hospital treatment – I got it, from the severity of what has happened to me to the grumbling appendix that was operated on. I get better and left when a Dr told me I could go home.
I suppose this is why I cannot understand why healthcare is such a contentious thing. Healthcare is a right to the population – but as we all know who use the NHS it isn’t free – we pay for it with NI contributions and taxes. Where it is free is that we are not asked to pay deductibles, we are not told that is we change a job we must get new healthcare plans, we just know that the NHS is there.
Today, the NHS is getting very complicated – it was once a place of treatment – you went, got treated and left – that, I feel is what people still want. Choice is fine, but if you factor in choice to a certain degree it adds to the cost.
I love the NHS – I think that ever country should have one. I never cared one jot that my taxes were going to pay for someone else’s treatment – that is because I knew that others who paid taxes were paying for me when I needed the NHS. It is a matter that some never, or very rarely use the NHS, and I have found that they don’t mind either.
What people do care about is what their taxes are being used for in the NHS – like managers, the NHS didn’t used to be run by managers, it was run by Drs, Matrons and those who needed to administer the cash – not the monolith of bureaucracy that there is today – getting rid of those managers, their cars and their government pensions, that could save millions! This was all implemented when the infamous Margaret Thatcher took over in 1979 – bad day indeed for the NHS. The Tories can never be trusted with the NHS.
The NHS isn’t perfect – far from it. But it does do a job for the British people that no other organisation can do. I’ll take that rather than what some have in the rest of the world.
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