How much have patients waited to receive medical services?
What is the reason for increasing objections to conservatives’ performance in the medical and therapeutic services sector?
What do experts warn about the future of the British National Health Service?
What are the reasons for the resignation of British health workers?
The crisis in UK’s National Health Service is severe. The latest statistical data in the UK show that the number of patients waiting to receive medical services in the country’s national health system, which according to experts, is on the verge of bankruptcy, has reached the highest level in the last 15 years. The British National Health Service (NHS) was established for the first time in 1948 and after the end of the Second World War, to provide medical services to the injured and war wounded.
Increase in patients waiting to receive medical services
The crisis in UK’s National Health Service has caused dissatisfaction among patients. According to the statistics published by the British National Health Service Organization known as NHS, more than 7 million patients were waiting to receive health services until last August. This figure was 6.8 million in the previous month (July) and is the highest record since 2007 when the counting of statistics began. Of these, 387,257 British citizens have been waiting for treatment in the UK for more than a year.
One year of waiting to receive medical services.
The crisis in UK’s National Health Service has slowed the delivery of medical services. One of 18 patients has been waiting for more than 12 months to receive medical services. Statistical data also show that 2,646 people have been waiting for treatment for more than two years. This is while NHS officials insist that no patient should wait more than two years for treatment, except in exceptional cases or if the patient wants it.
Waiting 12 hours to get an emergency bed
The UK’s National Health Service crisis has created a dire situation for patients. In another part of the published statistics, the number of people who waited for a bed in the hospital’s emergency department for more than 12 hours last September reached a new record of 32,776 people, which is more than the total number recorded from August 2010 to November 2020. Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health and Social Care, Wes Streeting, called the published statistics unacceptable.
The inaction of conservatives in medical services
The crisis in UK’s National Health Service is related to the inaction of the Conservatives. Streeting said: “Twelve years of Conservative understaffing of the health service is holding our economy back, with patients unable to work while they wait. You can’t have a healthy economy without a healthy society.” He promised that if the Labor Party wins the election, it will develop human resources in the NHS to return working people to work by providing timely medical services.
The risk of bankruptcy of the British National Health System
The crisis in UK’s National Health Service has increased the possibility of bankruptcy of this country’s medical system. This report is published while the widespread dissatisfaction of the employees working in the British National Health Service, including a significant part of the doctors who are going to resign in protest of the current situation, has put this complex at risk of full-scale bankruptcy more than ever. The British Medical Association (BMA), which has recently conducted studies on the health care system of this country, has warned about the collapse of this complex and has called for immediate government action.
Resignation of British health workers
According to studies, about 44% of specialists working in British hospitals plan to leave or go on leave in the next year. This amount reaches 50% among surgeons. Vishal Sharma, BMA’s consultant’s committee chair, says: “These figures make for bleak reading. The NHS is already at breaking point and cannot afford to lose any of its staff, never mind facing the prospect of losing nearly half of its most senior doctors.” The crisis in UK’s National Health Service has led to the resignation of the staff of this department.
The chaotic state of the British health network
In recent months, there have been several warnings about the disorderly state of British health and medical services, but this is perhaps one of the most severe. Experts say that the significant loss of senior staff in this complex will lead to burnout of other staff and severe damage to patient care. An 8,000 old NHS employees survey shows they are dissatisfied with their working conditions and wages. 90% of professionals protest that the 4.5% increase in their salaries is incompatible with the cost of living crisis and rising inflation.
The effect of Covid-19 on the dissatisfaction of health network employees
The outbreak of Covid-19 led to a crisis in UK’s National Health Service. However, experts attribute part of this dissatisfaction to the pressures caused by the Covid-19 epidemic crisis, which put significant pressure on this complex. Vishal Sharma warned that the loss of NHS doctors would not only have a significant adverse impact on the quality of patient care but would also increase pressure on staff who remain and put them at risk of burnout. Sharma stated that years of inattention to staff salaries and a lack of workforce had brought the NHS to its knees.
The need for immediate government intervention
Accordingly, he called for the government’s immediate intervention and said: Our hospitals are full of patients left in corridors for hours and sometimes even days. Ambulances frequently cannot attend to emergencies in the community as they are stuck waiting to offload patients to emergency departments that cannot take them. Patients are waiting months and years to access the treatment they need, with many suffering in silence who haven’t yet made it onto a waiting list.”
The possibility of a strike in the Royal College of Nursing
The report of the British Medical Association has been published. At the same time, the most significant British nurses’ union has also announced the possibility of a strike by the employees of this department. They are protesting about their salary and working conditions. This is while the employees of other country public sectors, from the railway network to the post office and lawyers, have gone on strike several times.
Free service of the National Health Service
Currently, the National Health Service, with 1,600,000 employees, provides health services to the people of the UK for free. This health institution presently covers 64 million and one hundred thousand people in the whole of the UK, of which 53 million and 900 thousand people are in the UK. The budget of the National Health Service of the UK in the year of its establishment in 1948 amounted to 437 million pounds (today’s value is about 9 billion pounds), and this figure has reached nearly 136 billion pounds this year, which puts much pressure on the budget.
The UK government is seeking to reduce public welfare expenses, including the health sector, to reduce the budget deficit and organize the economic situation. Despite the country’s financial problems, the new government of Liz Truss is not in a position to meet the expectations of the protesting employees. The government’s controversial economic program has brought the country to a severe financial crisis and closer recession than ever before.