#26 - Fact Findings - Winners Announced!

13 March 2020

What a brilliant set of entries this week! There was so much careful thought about the numbers we've discovered in this Issue!

Our Primary winner is committed_physics of Richmond Hill Academy, who took a wider view of the purpose of the NHS to justify their choice. They also looked at the other statistics and demonstrated how their chosen fact linked to others. Well done!

Our Secondary winner is upbeat_contribution of Ormiston Six Villages Academy. They argued for the importance of the lack of staff, and outlined the knock on effect this would have on other areas of the NHS, and coherently justified why this is most important area to address. Well done!

Look out for our new competition launching shortly!


You have probably seen quite a few facts about the NHS that show the difficulties it is facing. For example:

  • The NHS uses 21 different electronic systems to record patients' data
  • The population is getting older - by 2066 it is estimated that 26% of residents will be 65 or over (it's currently 18%).
  • Nearly 100,000 jobs are not filled at the moment
  • It costs eight times as much to treat someone who is 90 compared to someone is 30
  • In December 2019, every major A&E unit failed to hit its 4 hour waiting target

So this week's competition asks:

Think about all the NHS facts you've learnt so far in the BNC.

Which is most important and why?

This could be one of the 5 above, or it might be something another from your BNC sessions, or something you've seen in one of our quizzes.

IT MUST NOT BE ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS - only statistics/facts about the NHS we have given you.

Important might mean it needs to be tackled first, or it has big consequences, or dealing with it could make the biggest difference to the future of health care.

In your answer, state the fact and then your reasons why it needs to be tackled first, before the others.


The competition closes on Friday 13th March at 10:30am. Good luck!

The most important NHS fact I have learnt from the BNC is... because...

Comments (141)

  • The Sherwood School giving_orangutan | The Sherwood School
    05 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact that I know is that the NHS are running out of beds. The reason this is so important is that hospital patients may be very sick and have a very bad disease. The NHS are running out of beds and this is causing patients that are in the accompany of the NHS to sleep on the floor. The very sick people may have to sleep on the bed and the not so sick people to sleep on the floor this is obviously a hard thing to get your head around as the NHS are the people that are supposed to be helping us and even if they are not really sick they still deserve to sleep on a bed as they are the patients of the NHS and the NHS are the people who are supposed to look after the patients that are in their healthcare. The NHS has run out of beds dramatically and they need more money so they can spend it on things like beds, equipment for the ill people and they would need many more things. The government needs to make a change because of all the things that the NHS needs is needed to help the NHS get back on track.

    That is the most important fact that I have learnt from the BNC.

    1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_clarinet | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
      giving_orangutan's comment 12 Mar 2020

      I agree with you because if there’s not enough beds what happens? We have to stop people from coming in? Make people lie on the floor? I don’t know about you but these ideas aren’t nice ones and I don’t want anybody doing these things. I know if your not very sick you should give priority to the people more sick but if your at the NHS you deserve to be treated properly and equal to everyone else.

  • Cowes-logo-250x250.jpg interesting_koala | Cowes Enterprise College
    05 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact i have learnt from the BNC is In December 2019, every major A&E unit failed to hit its 4 hour waiting target because people sometimes people like to go to A&E for something they can go to the doctors for it and people always make a about it for no reason. People also don't realise that A&E is for accident and emergencies so when it is busy and there not an emergency they like to use the hospitals time and make people wait for hours.

    People could of been waiting over 4 hours because off the time of year and more people are most likely to get injured or ill at that time as it is usually raining, cold or snowing at this time. The population is also getting bigger which means that A&E will be overpopulated as of how many people are always hurting themselves.

    I hope you enjoyed reading my comment.

    1. Harriet-Website_1000x1000.jpg Harriet Boland
      interesting_koala's comment 06 Mar 2020

      Thoughtful comment @interesting_koala. You say that the population is getting bigger which could have a real impact on A&E. Can you say more? What would be the consequences of this?

      1. Cowes-logo-250x250.jpg interesting_koala | Cowes Enterprise College
        Harriet Boland's comment 08 Mar 2020

        The consequences could be that there understaffed and not always able to treat people.

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg marvellous_moment | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    06 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact I have learnt from the BNC is the waiting list because there could be a life threatening injury and the person with the said life threatening injury could be left waiting for like around 2,3 hours and in that time they could of died or their injury could of gotten even worse and that’s why it’s my most important fact because of the giant threat to people.

    1. Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_wolf | Richmond Hill Academy
      marvellous_moment's comment 06 Mar 2020

      You said that people in waiting lists can be seriously injured...
      But when you go to A&E accident and emergency the people there there sign you in and then they order you from most injured to less injured like me I went to A&E for my leg it had fluid I could not really walk a person came in 1 hour later and with a broken back and she was wearing a leotard for gymnastics and the next patient was her and I had been there longer than her I had to wait 4 more hours before I could have been seen.

      So basically they rank you in order from most worst injury to one that is not that bad.

      1. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg marvellous_moment | Birchwood C of E Primary School
        outstanding_wolf's comment 11 Mar 2020

        I know this outstanding_wolf but it is still a worry because someone might of broken some bones could have to wait 4-5 hours and could be screaming and howling in pain(due to having no gas bottle because they have all been occupied by other people).Or someone could supposed to go to one of the beds after waiting for like 3 hours then someone else could just come and occupy that room

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg warm_wombat | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    06 Mar 2020

    'What Is the Most Important And Why'
    I believe the most important aspect would be the number of staff and how they are running low. This is because the low amount of staff effects the waiting time-that is absurd-and could result in many losses. There are two viewpoints to this, the doctors and the suffering patients. What we have to think about is the fact that although the time you wait is dreadful its not the doctors fault. They are under so much stress and tension and cannot help every patient at once. This being said I believe we need to help are NHS(national health service) because without them we would have lost so many lives. I really believe the NHS is the best thing that ever happened to the UK and I hope you'd say the same. Help OUR NHS to save lives!

  • Hammond School logo buzzing_wasp | Hammond Junior School A
    06 Mar 2020

    NEARLY 100,00 JOBS ARE NOT FILLED AT THE MOMENT !
    I have chose this specific fact due to there is hardly no people in the NHS. Also because if there is nobody to do the job then there will be people with dia need of help but nobody can help them because there is nobody suitable for the role. I think this is because NHS staff are under paid and due to that understaffed, the NHS do a lot for us one of them is the can give you free health care depending on what situation you are in and they will always treat you and you don’t have to pay on the spot. Also they are under paid which leads NHS workers to quit and go and work for other countries around the wold with a better pay. You all know that there are viruses around so in this time of need we need the NHS to care for us and help us on our feet... they have done it before and they can do it again with your support.

    1. Harriet-Website_1000x1000.jpg Harriet Boland
      buzzing_wasp's comment 06 Mar 2020

      You say that NHS staff are underpaid. Can you back this up with evidence?

    2. Hammond School logo jolly_seahorse | Hammond Junior School A
      buzzing_wasp's comment 06 Mar 2020

      Wow I didn't know you were such a good writer

  • Hammond School logo wonderful_skill | Hammond Junior School B
    06 Mar 2020

    I would say that the most important thing is that they are running out of beds which is EXTREMELY BAD because if they do then people who are ill won't get beds where as people in recovery will be in the beds and the ill people will be getting worse will there getting better and when they get a bed they probably could be to ill to go to the hospital so how is that fair imagin if your family member is ill but there aren't enough beds how would you fell think about the other people suffering without beds just think and you'll understand
    From
    wonderful_skill

  • Hammond School logo jolly_seahorse | Hammond Junior School A
    06 Mar 2020

    Did you know that staff at the NHS have to log into 15 different systems to use the computers

  • Hammond School logo buzzing_wasp | Hammond Junior School A
    06 Mar 2020

    The average NHS wages are £26,156 a year, but some NHS staff work day to day shift due to They are under staffed to fill in those empty shifts. They get 20 minutes on a more than 6 hour shift. I think for the work they do and time they are ultimately under paid.

  • Hammond School logo articulate_elephant | Hammond Junior School A
    06 Mar 2020

    Almost 100,000 jobs aren't FILLED at the moment !
    I have chosen this fact because think of all the work the NHS do but there aren't enough staff members to go round so they need to get paid more and for the things The NHS do are extraordinary and life saving treatment that is very much needed. So that is my reason.

  • Hammond School logo genius_flute | Hammond Junior School A
    06 Mar 2020

    I think that the fact that it costs eight times as much to treat a 90 year old than a 30 year old has one of the biggest consequences which is that if the government/NHS discontinue or stop putting as much effort into treating elderly people (which they very well may to some degree as of the lack of much more contribution to society and the cost), the average life expectancy of the UK will decrease, meaning that young people will not live as long. This will indirectly lead to what they were trying to stop in the first place. I actually would say that the fact that 100000 jobs are not filled at the moment has the worst consequences, but seen as I would be saying pretty much the exact things as buzzing wasp, so I figured that I would do a comment about something else.

  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_wolf | Richmond Hill Academy
    06 Mar 2020

    The NHS uses 21 different electronic systems to record patients' data

    This is not very good because in those 21 electronic systems the documents can get lost all the important information can get lost and we can not really rely on devices but then if you do it on paper it can also get lost and somebody can find it and know the person’s personal information but what if the device stops working like I’m saying again you can not always rely on electronic devices.

    There has to be another way to record patients’ data.
    That is my opinion.

    1. Harriet-Website_1000x1000.jpg Harriet Boland
      outstanding_wolf's comment 06 Mar 2020

      Interesting point @outstanding_wolf. What do you think are the other ways that the NHS can record patients' data?

  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg protective_orange | Richmond Hill Academy
    06 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact that I know is that the NHS are running out of beds. The reason this is so important is that hospital patients may be very sick and have a very bad disease. The NHS are running out of beds and this is causing patients that are in the accompany of the NHS to sleep on the floor. The very sick people may have to sleep on the bed and the not so sick people to sleep on the floor this is obviously a hard thing to get your head around as the NHS are the people that are supposed to be helping us and even if they are not really sick they still deserve to sleep on a bed as they are the patients of the NHS and the NHS are the people who are supposed to look after the patients that are in their healthcare. The NHS has run out of beds dramatically and they need more money so they can spend it on things like beds, equipment for the ill people and they would need many more things. The government needs to make a change because of all the things that the NHS needs is needed to help the NHS get back on track.
    I think that the fact that it costs eight times as much to treat a 90 year old than a 30 year old has one of the biggest consequences which is that if the government/NHS discontinue or stop putting as much effort into treating elderly people (which they very well may to some degree as of the lack of much more contribution to society and the cost), the average life expectancy of the UK will decrease, meaning that young people will not live as long. This will indirectly lead to what they were trying to stop in the first place. I actually would say that the fact that 100000 jobs are not filled at the moment has the worst consequences, but seen as I would be saying pretty much the exact things as buzzing wasp, so I figured that I would do a comment about something else.Almost 100,000 jobs aren't FILLED at the moment !
    I have chosen this fact because think of all the work the NHS do but there aren't enough staff members to go round so they need to get paid more and for the things The NHS do are extraordinary and life saving treatment that is very much needed. So that is my reason.The average NHS wages are £26,156 a year, but some NHS staff work day to day shift due to They are under staffed to fill in those empty shifts. They get 20 minutes on a more than 6 hour shift. I think for the work they do and time they are ultimately under paid.The average NHS wages are £26,156 a year, but some NHS staff work day to day shift due to They are under staffed to fill in those empty shifts. They get 20 minutes on a more than 6 hour shift. I think for the work they do and time they are ultimately under paid.You say that NHS staff are underpaid. Can you back this up with evidence?NEARLY 100,00 JOBS ARE NOT FILLED AT THE MOMENT !
    I have chose this specific fact due to there is hardly no people in the NHS. Also because if there is nobody to do the job then there will be people with dia need of help but nobody can help them because there is nobody suitable for the role. I think this is because NHS staff are under paid and due to that understaffed, the NHS do a lot for us one of them is the can give you free health care depending on what situation you are in and they will always treat you and you don’t have to pay on the spot. Also they are under paid which leads NHS workers to quit and go and work for other countries around the wold with a better pay. You all know that there are viruses around so in this time of need we need the NHS to care for us and help us on our feet... they have done it before and they can do it again with your support.

    1. Harriet-Website_1000x1000.jpg Harriet Boland
      protective_orange's comment 06 Mar 2020

      Thank you for your fact-driven comment @protective_orange. You say that there is a staff shortage because staff are underpaid. Do you think there are any other reasons?

      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
        Harriet Boland's comment 06 Mar 2020

        Why has protective_orange already been given a star?

        1. tom Tom @ the BNC
          memorable_orchard's comment 09 Mar 2020

          Don't worry, all other stars will be awarded at the usual time when the competition closes!

        2. Hillyfield School logo creative_leaf | Hillyfield Primary Academy
          memorable_orchard's comment 10 Mar 2020

          Because he wrote really good and he wrote a lot

          1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
            creative_leaf's comment 10 Mar 2020

            Thank you, but Tom has already told me the real reason is I do know they have a great deal of evidence and reasoning behind their point of view, but starts are usually given AFTER the deadline of the competition. I hope you now understnd what I am trying to say, creative_leaf.

            1. Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
              memorable_orchard's comment 13 Mar 2020

              I agree. They are usually after but sometimes some stars are given before the deadline.

              1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
                spirited_insect's comment 13 Mar 2020

                Yes, nobody is perfect anyway.

          2. Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
            creative_leaf's comment 13 Mar 2020

            It's not about writing a lot, it is about using the skills and sharing your opinions with other people.

  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg committed_physics | Richmond Hill Academy
    06 Mar 2020

    I think the 4 hour waiting target is the most important because the other targets involve people getting older and that it costs more than a 30 year old human being. Though this costs more money if we look at it form a different perspective then we understand that the NHS is curing more lives and thus people are getting to live longer. NHS was made to cure people not to reduce their lifespan. I think the 4 hour target is important as people come to get treated not to wait for hours. It sometimes gets frustrating because say if your bon needed mending and you are in agony. Even if they prioritise you then other people are still in severe pain. This also brings the point that 100,000 jobs are not filled in.

    Thank you for reading my comment,

  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg busy_starfish | Richmond Hill Academy
    06 Mar 2020

    I think the most important NHS fact is that there aren't enough beds. This is because there are much more patients which might be very sick have have very bad diseases. The NHS doesn't have enough beds making the weak patients have to lay/sleep on the floor. Currently, the very sick sleep in beds and the not very sick have to sleep on the floor and that's obviously a problem when you're not so sick and having your head on a wood hard surface. The NHS is only focusing on the very sick people more than the very sick, so it isn't fair, just like the royal are more important than the peasants.

    That's all I know.

    1. Halsnead logo hopeful_city | Halsnead Primary School
      busy_starfish's comment 11 Mar 2020

      I disagree with this, as the NHS try their very best to help all their patients get better and if you were sick and not very, even though you might not get star treatment, you would get positive feedback, I know this because I have been operated on a lot and they were so nice , meaning they try their very best.

      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        hopeful_city's comment 11 Mar 2020

        Well done for speaking up using your experience, and using evidence!

      2. New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg fulfilled_starfruit | New Horizons Children's Academy
        hopeful_city's comment 11 Mar 2020

        Like hopeful_city has commented, you may not get star treatment, however this is not down to the NHS. They are impecunious and short-staffed due to the government’s lack of funding. As much as I see your frustration busy starfish, the NHS is not to be blamed.

  • Moreland logo independent_piano | Moreland Primary School
    06 Mar 2020

    I learnt that a lot of people visit A and E which means we should look after are bodies so we don’t keep the doctors and nurses from their family.

  • The Sherwood School logical_drum | The Sherwood School
    06 Mar 2020

    My important fact is that alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death between 15 and 49 year olds in the uk. Because as you know in england there are drunks at night. mostly as people arrive at clubs late at night and go home early in the morning.waking up with saw heads in the morning. i think we should have blood tests and alcohol tests every 5 months.

  • The Sherwood School awesome_argument | The Sherwood School
    06 Mar 2020

    The NHS should solve the obesity problem because Mitcham has one of the most severe childhood cases that means half of the population in mitcham could die from cancer because of obesity. That means more beds, more technical equipment and more doctors and more money wasted from the government.

  • The Sherwood School logical_drum | The Sherwood School
    06 Mar 2020

    This is a problem for the nhs because it causes severe health problems such as liver failure, heart disease and mental health problems. This in turn has a strain on NHS resources. Alcoholism is a serious problem and something must be done now to prevent the strain continuing. this a problem and it is needed to be sorted.

    1. Harriet-Website_1000x1000.jpg Harriet Boland
      logical_drum's comment 06 Mar 2020

      Thanks for your insight @logical_drum. What do you think should be done to prevent the strain continuing?

  • Moreland logo composed_butterfly | Moreland Primary School
    06 Mar 2020

    The cost of health care is going up because people are living longer and the cost of medicine and technology is going up.It costs eight times as much to treat someone who is 90 than someone who is 30,since their problems are often more complex and long-term,so more money is needed for the health service than ever before

  • Moreland logo smart_nation | Moreland Primary School
    06 Mar 2020

    I think that cost is the most important because you should pay the same exact amount of money and we are all humans.

  • Moreland logo shining_strawberry | Moreland Primary School
    06 Mar 2020

    In my opinion the money and cost is the worst problem for the NHS because if they don’t have enough money they will not be able to pay the staff and also they won’t be able to buy equipment and especially when the corana virus is around you can’t re-use things in hospitals and the NHS will won’t have enough to buy medicine

  • Moreland logo breathtaking_personality | Moreland Primary School
    06 Mar 2020

    In my opinion the most important NHS fact I have learned is that the cost of staff is so much that the NHS falls behind in technology and when they fall behind everyone suffers and has to wait in line for their appointment which can be hours,days,years or even months.

  • Moreland logo bright_walrus | Moreland Primary School
    06 Mar 2020

    In my opinion I think the most important NHS fact is that the target for the A&E is that 95%of people are seen by doctors within 4hours that means that people are seen by doctors from the A&E in more than 4hours and that is a huge problem!

  • Moreland logo independent_piano | Moreland Primary School
    06 Mar 2020

    I think the most important problem is cost because the more people get older the more they have to pay for medicine and money will be a problem so they won’t be able to pay staff and people’s will leave.This is a problem because they wouldn’t be able to reach their target and they would spend more money on helping people so the money in the banks would run out and people will lose their jobs.

  • Braiswick Primary School spirited_insect | Braiswick Primary School
    06 Mar 2020

    I think it would be that the NHS uses 21 different electronic systems to record patients' data because this could mean that they are working hard using different technology to help people and could be a sign of the many challenges they are facing and having to overcome. It was quite shocking for me because that means they keep all kinds of data to measure (I'm predicting) their health or age to figure out what to do and how to do it.

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_atom | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    06 Mar 2020

    The most important fact for me is that the NHS use 21 devices to store peoples data records.I think this one because peoples records for their data is very important.The date of a person is vital because it could have what they are allergic to and what their health has been like in the past.And if they can not find their data the doctors could possibly give them medicine which could harm or even could kill them.The system the NHS are currently using I think should be improved.I think this because having 21 systems is not as efficient as having 1 system which is brand new and works perfectly.Their system now is probably run down and slow so i think the NHS deserve a knew one.I found this online and it shows a way on how the NHS track personal data.The NHS Number is a unique number used to identify patients and match them to their health records.In our lesson in class we talked about if cost,health or IT is more important.I thought IT was more important and that is why i chose this fact.I started to think about if the system the NHS is using is efficient or if they are happy with what they are using now.

  • Hammond School logo loyal_lobster | Hammond Junior School F
    06 Mar 2020

    I think that, the most important thing is that. The population is getting older- by 2066 is is estimated that, 26% of the residents will be 65 or over!
    Why did I choose that?
    Well, I chose that because as you read by the title that the population is getting older! It states that children or teens who do not have a job get free health care and so do elderly people! But the problem is that more elderly people it will cost a lot of money and will drain our money slowly, because do you know that when you are really old and your body starts giving away then, you want to be treated don’t you? Therefore you get free health care so it will slowly drain money from the government and if the Nhs run out of money then they will ask for more but the government will say that the health care is very expensive and they might say no! Otherwise they will have to up the taxes and then lots of people will start saying lower the taxes! And we will be in a muddle!
    By loyal_lobster❤️ Thanks for reading! Have a good day/night whenever you’re reading it!

    1. Hammond School logo loyal_lobster | Hammond Junior School F
      loyal_lobster's comment 07 Mar 2020

      Also Good luck in the competition you all thought of amazing reasons!

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg precious_heart | Michael Faraday School
    06 Mar 2020

    I think the most important fact is the NHS has over 100,000 vacancies as Doctors or Nurses. If we don’t have any , nobody would be able to care for us and give us the right things to cure or help us. The NHS future is at low risk because of many things. 100,000 vacancies is a LOT. Not 10 but 100. If people don’t take the jobs then , the NHS can have a really shaky future. Their future is our future. If you help , it would mean a lot of to them. One deed equals a great deed.

  • St Lukes logo caring_crab | St. Luke's C of E Primary School
    07 Mar 2020

    The most important fact to me it the reason 100,000 jobs are not filled! I would love to work as a NHS staff! For me it's upsetting to see all those jobs not filled! Being an NHS staff is wonder including the salary and you get to interact with others and make them smile! Hopefully in the future that 100,000 jobs get filled up! I just love seeing a doctor to treat me but if we had more staff people at the GP wouldn't waiting as long! I get the fact that a profession of being a nurse, doctor or a dentist is hard but we seriously need more people working with this service! To be honest you are actually saving peoples lives and that's a big thing. But seriously people need to step up for this outstanding job!

    I can't believe that people don't want this job!? In my opinion this job is fantastic and is one in a many jobs! It is surely hard but really if you push yourself and try hard you could be able to do it! There are lives waiting to be saved but yet there isn't enough staff! I am so happy to all those people who work with the NHS because they are trying hard and that's how they got there jobs! So you should follow the steps of a doctor! NHS staff are a great role model of trying hard and perseverance. The fact that 100,000 (which is obviously a lot) jobs with the NHS is not filled makes me want to tear up. We do need some more staff to help battle viruses like the Corona virus for example!

    In conclusion, I think that more people should apply to be working with the NHS! It is utterly ridiculous to know that 100,000 jobs aren't applied.

    caring_crab

    1. New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_raccoon | New Horizons Children's Academy
      caring_crab's comment 10 Mar 2020

      You've used so many exclamation marks!

      1. St Lukes logo caring_crab | St. Luke's C of E Primary School
        memorable_raccoon's comment 11 Mar 2020

        Thanks for pointing that out! Just wanted wanted to show I was shocked, maybe just to shocked.

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg beloved_koala | Michael Faraday School
    07 Mar 2020

    If you ask me, I believe that the key fact I've learnt is that there are about 100,000 vancancies in the NHS that are not full.
    The reason I chose that is because it is mandatory that there are enough people to help as much patients as they can. Did you know, that are about 40,000 unoccupied nurse positions? This very fact makes me worried for the future of the NHS. We need more doctors and nurses as that is the reason why the NHS are keeping people waiting for ovre 4 hours. All that beacause there isn't a sastisfactory amount of workers. Also, based on research, there are more young adults more people who actually DON'T want to work at the NHS. I feel quite dissapointed about this for the way I see it, the NHS is a fantastic place to work at. Maybe, a solution could be that we hire skillled, trained doctors or nurses from other countries so as not to discriminate races.

  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg serious_song | Streatham Wells Primary School
    07 Mar 2020

    I think it is in December 2019 when all major A&E units missed their 4 hour target because if they missed their target then maybe someone whose leg was broken may have waited over 5 hours to get it treated but on the other hand,95% needed to be seen so it might have been an unfair target

  • Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    08 Mar 2020

    The most important fact that I have learned in BNC is that A and E recieve over 10 million calls every day. These calls are for real emergencies or for fun by different people when it is unnecessary. I think that this is the most important fact because while people are calling for fun, there might be really important situations that need to be attended to. If someone was calling for a real reason and then someone was playing around, one, the person calling for fun would get arrested and two, the person calling wouldn't get the medical attention they would need right away then they would need to wait a long time for what they need to be specialised in.

  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg fulfilled_starfruit | New Horizons Children's Academy
    08 Mar 2020

    From the five facts stated above, I believe the third is the most important; the others can all be countered. For instance, the quotation, 'The NHS uses 21 different electronic systems to record patients' data' is opposed by the counter argument 'Having several national health services in the United Kingdom, 21 electronic systems do not seem so many'. The same applies for, 'The population is getting older - by 2066 it is estimated that 26% of residents will be 65 or over (it's currently 18%)'. Not all estimates can predict the future- there might be more residents living in the UK than there were before. Looking at fact four, there is a very slim possibility of someone reaching the age of 90. Finally, the fifth fact was a one-off incident.

    What are the consequences of having 100,000 NHS jobs unfilled?

    These occupations could come in handy if someone is absent or leaves the company. 100,000 is a LOT of jobs to fill, especially when you need the qualifications to get it. The NHS may need a certain doctor to help them with a patient, however, this won't be granted as there is no one to do so. This must be tackled first, in fear of the conflict falling upon another person.

    The Difference to the Future of Health Care:

    Many more citizens will be healthy and the population will grow gradually. Any money saved can be diverted to help the NHS and other people that are finding cures.

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    To BNC, please do not approve my comment that has a grammatical error near the end ( as mischief for ), for it sounds rude and doesn’t belong there, I will submit another version with no mistakes, thank you.

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I think the most important of the 5 facts to have provided us is the population is getting older - by 2066 it is estimated that 26% of residents will be 65 or over ( it’s currently 18%)
    I think this, because most of us on BNC know that the older you become, the more expensive treatment is. I am aware that this is already on the list of facts, but I think that 26% is most important, because it is just over a quarter of the population, and if older people cost more to treat, it could turn out very expensive
    The reasons I do not think that the fact older residents cost more to treat is most important are, it is more expensive and hard to accomplish if 26% of our population is over the age, because that is a quarter of our people and nearly 8 times as money for every one of them.

    1. Halsnead logo motivated_earth | Halsnead Primary School
      entertaining_strawberry's comment 09 Mar 2020

      I agree with your comment!!!!

  • Halsnead logo committed_music | Halsnead Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    The NHS is important because it helps the UK because it preforms miracles every day

  • Halsnead logo persuasive_bell | Halsnead Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I`ve read about someone called Gloria and she said "Everything has gone up and there isn`t always enough money to pay for what they need" she also said "she`s worried that the poor won`t be able to pay for the health they need and the only way to fix it is for people to pay more taxes or take from schools or police stations"

  • Halsnead logo healthy_skill | Halsnead Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I do not now what I am doing here

  • Halsnead logo distinguished_fact | Halsnead Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I think it is outstanding as how people treat the NHS.

  • Halsnead logo triumphant_speech | Halsnead Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    My favourite fact I have learned on Burnet News club is that there is over 100,000 jobs available at the NHS which inspirers me to be a nurse when I am older

  • Halsnead logo amiable_panther | Halsnead Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I think the NHS should employee more staff. What happens if this gets out of control?What happens if one day someone is so ill and they die while waiting?

  • Halsnead logo persuasive_bell | Halsnead Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I agree with Gloria because the poor need to be able to pay for there health and the NHS need more money if there isn`t enough but not taking from schools or police.

  • Brompton Westbrook logo committed_desert | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    The most important fact for me is that 100,000 jobs are not filled at the moment because if they are not filled certain hospitals could be understaffed and people could be ill and other doctors are occupied with someone else and can't be with the other person but then again every hospital I know has a perfect amount of staff , which is good.

  • Brompton Westbrook logo loyal_shark | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact I have learned from the burnet news club is 'it costs eight times as much to treat someone who is 90 than someone who is 30' because, looking at the fact 'by 2066, 26% of the population will be over 60' then we need to spend more money funding the NHS. Currently, the government spends 20% of its money on hospitals funding, and considering that the government needs to spend money on things like education or, say, the ENVIRONMENT, they could spend, maybe, 10% more money on the hospital and it would make a HUGE difference. I acknowledge that the government is not made of money and they may not have the money to fund the NHS, but this is why people like YOU should spend more money funding the NHS during fundraising events. Even about a pound will make a difference. But I'm sounding like one of those water aid ads on the TV, so I'll stop talking.

  • Brompton Westbrook logo mindblowing_moon | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I think the NHS need more staff because maybe if there is dangerous case maybe if somebody is risking is life maybe the staff need to work as a team

  • Brompton Westbrook logo assertive_keyboard | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I believe there should be less visits to accident & emergency (A&E) in a month becaus in January there was over 2.1 million visits to A&E. Some people go to A&E even though there emergency isn't serious. To fix this they could call in and explain the symptoms or make more investments into 111.

  • Brompton Westbrook logo wondrous_bee | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I think that the thing that they should focus on is the shortage of staff because people are suffering and if there was more staff then they could be treating the suffering person

  • Brompton Westbrook logo lovely_hippopotamus | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I think that the most important fact is that there is over 2.1 million visits to A&E each year. I think that people need to stop going to A& E and they should call 111. I also think that the government needs to invest more money in 111 and other services so that there is not sooooooo much pressure on the staff of NHS to treat patients.

    lovely_hippopotamus

  • Brompton Westbrook logo easygoing_weaver | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    '2.1 million people visit A&E every year'
    I think we could give more funding to 111 as it is meant to be a non emergency service. There are hundreds of people who are going into A&E who don't have proper emergencies.

  • Brompton Westbrook logo hardworking_antelope | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I think the most important fact out of the five is 100,000 jobs are not filled. To me this is most important because the doctors and nurses are probably over stressed . This means the staff are tired and can't put all their energy into what their doing. This can be dangerous for the people who really need the staffs help🤒 so the NHS needs more employees.

  • Brompton Westbrook logo warm_cricket | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    It costs eight times as much to treat someone who is 90 compared to 30.
    I think that this can be important but also not important. I think that it just really depends on what they're being treated on. It can just naturally cost more because of the illness, but if a 30 year old and a 90 year old had the same illness and the same stage of that illness I wouldn't really understand why it would cost more for the NHS. I believe that it should just depend on the illness and the stage of that illness.

  • Brompton Westbrook logo serious_signature | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    My opinion is that there should less surgical operations due to the fact that there are 10 million surgerys are proformed each year they might lead to surgeons lacking in there preformances and might not preform as good as they are capable of and that would lead to the down fall of NHS and it might stress out the surgeon. The solution to the problem is to only call 111 when it is an emergency

  • Brompton Westbrook logo tidy_world | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I think the most important facts are in March 2019 there were 112,031 doctors,311,380 qualified nursing staff(including midwives and health visitors) and 34,556 managers in the NHS out of a total workforce of 1,093,638 (all figures are full-time equivalent). This is significant because despite the huge number of doctors and nurses, there are still not enough - we need less managers and more nurses.More money needs to be spent to ensure to everyone gets the treatment they deserve.

  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg noble_tornado | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
    09 Mar 2020

    I believe that the fact considering our population getting older and how 18% of the population is 65 or over and is predicted to be 26% by 2066 which is a rapid increase and something that is not wanted in any country . The reason this fact is the most important is when a countries population is mainly an older group of people the amount of babies being born will decrease the amount of young people which is not good for the economy because when an old person retires and is given pension they are given money even though they are not working therefore making the country lose money.
    That is why i chose that fact.

  • St Lukes logo caring_crab | St. Luke's C of E Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact I have learnt from the BNC is 100,000 jobs are not filled! It is shocking to see 100,000 jobs not employed! It is truly horrible. I would of course love to be work with the NHS when I am older! All the NHS workers are trying so hard and some people should apply to work with the NHS and help some sick patients! If we had more staff people wouldn't have to be waiting at the GP for that long. It is utterly ridiculous. One day some type of illness will become very harmful and will get out of control! Some person could be very sick and they are waiting and they faint while waiting. Due to the lack of jobs not employed this could really ruin the country, when you call 111 (the non-emergency service) and your 10th in line to call a doctor this could be really bad! It is also upsetting to see not much people are bothering to apply to the fantastic job!

    I don't have such an idea why people don't want this life-changing job? It includes a good salary, interacting with other people and saving lives! Who ever is applied to be working with the NHS should really feel very proud. This job can really change your life and other people's lives! It is I in a million jobs! People should actually start considering that the NHS seriously need more workers to get through more surgeries from day to day and more people would be able to have the check-up on time. If we had more NHS workers more check-ups would be finished in a day.

    I know the profession of a doctor is hard but if you put in the effort and drive for the job it won't be so challenging for people. It will take years of training put if you be patient the job will come to you one day. Anyone can do this job but you need to commit to do it! When you do this job this could benefit a lot (and I mean a lot). There is always a chance to join the NHS service, it is certainly never to late for this job. The fact that I am hearing that 100,000 jobs aren't filled on the behalf of the NHS I am quite angry. I really do love seeing a doctor to check-up on me but it will be more pleasant to see more doctors!

    In conclusion, I certainly think that more people should get up and apply for this life changing job and help others! This will really benefit your life and other peoples lives.

    caring_crab

  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg plucky_yuzu | Bruntcliffe Academy
    09 Mar 2020

    In my opinion I think that the most important fact about the NHS is, the one about 'nearly 100,000 jobs are not filled at the moment'. This is because, if there aren't people working it means they can't pay for the essential things for life like bills, food and water. This is bad because it means that they and their family may struggle, which means that they may die of starvation or be part of the 25% of the UK that risk being homeless.

    Also, having 100,000 jobs that aren't filled is also bad for the economy as it means that we may be loosing money, this is because they money the people get has tax to it, which is paid to the government to help with the UK like to important and export things. So if we don't have 100,000 more people working for the NHS it means that the economy looses a lot of money from not enough works as the NHS is a national health care.

  • Lyons Hall Primary School effervescent_otter | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    09 Mar 2020

    I choose the fact 100,ooo jobs are not filled at the NHS

    I found out that 100,000 jobs would run 10 large hospitals. If 10 large hospitals was to be shut the government would be going crazy but because its spread out nobody pays attention and realises how much of an impact it could be to the NHS if those jobs were filled! I know the NHS are trying so hard as every day is a battle but I think this is the first thing needing to be sorted. Even though there is several big issues it’s a start even just improving them all by 1%. Day by day the population is growing meaning that 100,000 jobs could be the thing slowly tearing them down. So I think this should be the first thing that we have to make better.

  • Crampton-logo-250x250.jpg sympathetic_desert | Crampton Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I think an important fact that the NHS holds is that they have so many people there , that they could all fit in ten hospitals , yet , there are 100,000 more jobs that need to be taken care of!

    Why did I pick this, you may ask? Well, the NHS is the biggest health care system in England. The number of calls they receive increase every day, along with the A&E (accident and emergency) and the non-emergency centre too. But, thanks to the NHS, we are all happy.

    😘Thanks NHS!

  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_raccoon | New Horizons Children's Academy
    09 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact I have learnt from the BNC(in my opinion) is that the NHS uses 21 different electronic systems to record patients' data because- like what outstanding_wolf said- we can't rely on technology and I agree with that (as we by accident misclick or other things). Also, it seems a lot of eletronic systems to record the patients' data even though that they are all different, it does seem quite too much.By the way, it is really important as this can affect the future, like if the population in the world increases, more people will have a possibility of needing help and more money might have to be spent because of storage. Also, this is verry relevant as in the future, there might be more hackers and there might be a chance of most the important documents may get deleted or other dangerous things might happen.

    By the way, it is really important as this can affect the future, like if the population in the world increases, more people will have a possibility of needing help and more money might have to be spent because of storage. Also, this is verry relevant as in the future, there might be more hackers and there might be a chance of most the important documents may get deleted or other dangerous things might happen.

    1. New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_raccoon | New Horizons Children's Academy
      memorable_raccoon's comment 10 Mar 2020

      Sorry, I made many mistakes and put repetition- too much.

      1. New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg fulfilled_starfruit | New Horizons Children's Academy
        memorable_raccoon's comment 11 Mar 2020

        Don’t worry! Mistakes help us learn— failure is the best teacher.

  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_solution | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    10 Mar 2020

    The most important fact to me is the one that says that there is 100,000 jobs in the NHS. It's a good think because more people can aply if they want but on the other hand theres a staff shortage and less people will get medical treatment.

  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg artistic_opinion | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    10 Mar 2020

    I think that the main issue is 'It costs eight times as much to treat someone who is 90 compared to someone is 30' because the government has to pay more money to the NHS, which is a good thing, don't get me wrong, however we can spend the money on other things that can also benefit us. As well as this, the elderly are mostly retired. In contrast to this statement, the elderly have worked all their life and have payed their taxes off. What do you think?

  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg magical_message | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    10 Mar 2020

    I think the statement ''26% of residents will be 66 years or older in 2066'' is appealing to me because older people are more likely to get illnesses than others because their immune system is more weaker than people under 50 years old.Also, the fact that most kids these days do not want to be doctors will mean a huge drop of staff in the NHS in the future. Who will take care of people in the future?

  • Hammond School logo charming_studio | Hammond Junior School B
    10 Mar 2020

    The most important fact I know of is that in December 2019 every major A&E failed to complete its four hour waiting target because people are over reacting when they could just go to the doctors or their local pharmacy. This is not good at all because somebody who is urgent for medical treatment might not got their medicine quick enough because of people who say that have a swore arm or leg that don’t need to be at hospital at all !This needs to stop so that people that need medical treatment can get it quicker and so that it takes pressure of the NHS so that they can teat the people who need to be treated

  • Lyons Hall Primary School diplomatic_morning | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    10 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact I have learnt from the BNC is that the majority of people are dying or picking up diseases because of smoking and drugs because if it is influenced to much it could be very bad for our people and country

  • Hillyfield School logo convivial_beaver | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    10 Mar 2020

    I think the most important fact is: ‘In December 2019, every major A&E unit failed to hit its 4 hour waiting target’
    I think this as it means many people may be at risk of losing their life. This is because a long wait may be too long causing fatal consequences. Many people will be irritated which could cause a lot of other predicaments, this is obviously very problematic and therefore why I believe this is the most important fact.

  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg composed_guitar | Faringdon Community College
    10 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact I have learnt from the BNC is that In December 2019, every major A&E unit failed to hit its 4 hour waiting target. In my opinion, this is outrageous as someone, say with appendicitis has minutes until their appendix bursts, can't get seen when they need to be seen. From personal experience, even at 1 in the morning (when i went to A&E), the waiting time was about 3-4 hours.

    Although the waiting time is massive, I do have some sympathy for the NHS and A&E. They have nearly 100,000 job vacencies, which is, in my view, too many (Way too many). This will affect the A&E waiting time, as some of the jobs that people should be in are being covered by someone who has 3 other jobs, so they can't be treating you as they are treating someone else. Furthermore, there would be less people in A&E than if the 100,000 jobs were filled.

  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg motivated_grape | Faringdon Community College
    10 Mar 2020

    I have chosen the fact "In December 2019, every major A&E unit failed to hit its 4 hour waiting target"

    This is important because A&E stands for"Accident" & "Emergency" and that means that the patients in A&E should be tended to immediately or there can be fatalities. Also, if there are alot of people ill and in agony in the A&E waiting room that that is going to be a terrible experience with people crying and letting out their germs everywhere by coughing and sneezing.

    Dealing with this would change everybodys view about A&E because people think of it as a hell hole because of the atmosphere and the care for patients (and staff).To make these changes the NHS would need to hire hundreds-of-thousands of nurses and doctors to make it quicker for patients to be tended to and make the patient's view of hospitals overall.

    Thank You to the BNC for reading my comment

  • Hillyfield School logo dynamic_squid | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    10 Mar 2020

    I think the most important fact is that nearly 100,000
    jobs are not filled at the moment. This is because without nurses or doctors who would treat the the sick and injured.

  • Hillyfield School logo creative_leaf | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    10 Mar 2020

    I think the fact that is most crucial is that nearly 100,000 jobs are not filled at the moment. I think it is the most important fact because a lot of people are suffering from unemployment when there are 100,000 jobs waiting to be filled.

  • Hillyfield School logo trustworthy_robin | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    10 Mar 2020

    I think the most important NHS fact is Nearly 100,000 jobs are not filled at the moment .
    the reason I think this is because it means that NHS is severely understaffed and there is
    more risk people will not be cared as well as others who need it more. This is why I believe
    this fact is important

  • Hillyfield School logo rational_raccoon | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    10 Mar 2020

    I think that the most important fact that I have learnt about the NHS so far is that in December 2019 , every Accident and Emergency unit failed to hit it's minimum 4 hour waiting target. It is essential that you are treated within 4 hours because if you were unfortunate enough to sustain a potentially dangerous injury such as a fractured skull , you would have to be treated quickly or it could swell up and damage your brain , or leave you permanently disfigured.

  • Hillyfield School logo crafty_reality | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    10 Mar 2020

    I think the most important fact I have learnt from the BNC is that every major A&E department failed to complete its goal of a minimum waiting time of 4 hrs. If all of the major departments failed to fufill this goal, complaints are bound to be sent to the A&E's and then, all the complaints welling up would be bound to agitate or annoy even the most tolerant doctor/nurse. This problem must be fixed to ensure the wellbeing of others.

  • Hillyfield School logo outspoken_owl | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    10 Mar 2020

    The most important fact is that the NHS is severly understaffed which is significantly vital because there will be less staff to save lives

  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg ingenious_forest | Faringdon Community College
    10 Mar 2020

    I have chosen the statement "in December 2019, every major A&E unit failed to hit its 4 hour waiting target"; as the most important as, it shows that it is not just the NHS' fault that it is suffering. This is evident, as in winter for example, people will go to the A+E department because they have flu. This is bad because it wastes staff time, it could lead to more people contracting the virus, when they could just stay at home in bed, and have paracetamol. I think this should change because of the reason above.

  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg breathtaking_volcano | Faringdon Community College
    10 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact I have learnt from the BNC is the 100,000 jobs that need to be filled because if the number was lower then, people could get better treatment and in a quicker process. It could also take some weight off of some people's shoulders because, these jobs can be stressful. This could help out with the more complicated jobs like, doctors or nurses because there can never be too many people to help out or ready on standby.

    If the number of jobs, needed to be filled, decreased it would help out even outside of hospitals because people could use the basic training. There is only one downfall to filling the gaps of those digits, the wages. The NHS will have to pay even more for people to work but they are still asking for a bit of money. But it is their choice, "Money or Lives!"

  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg positive_potato | Faringdon Community College
    10 Mar 2020

    I think that the most important fact about the NHS is that, like most other hospitals, suffering from a lack of antibiotics that will affect bacteria due to the evolution and immunity of antibiotics that the bacteria are gaining.

  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg gentle_pineapple | Faringdon Community College
    10 Mar 2020

    The NHS uses 21 different electronic systems. This is the most important as it could lead to many problems. One of these problems could be if a patient was transferred from a hospital, in say york , to a hospital in london, the patients information may not be shared fully, correctly, or at all across these different NHS trusts. That could lead to possibly expensive tests being done again, costing the NHS more money.It could also lead to patients being given incorrect medication or treatment. It could also lead to information about patients treatments, and conditions being lost. An example of this is that someone i know was given CPR when they were younger(whilst in hospital) and there was no information about this anywhere, in turn meaning there was no information about their breathing and heart problems, in turn leading to them having to have expensive tests just so they could get there prescription to live a normal life. The NHS should therefore use only one IT system across all trusts, and if that isnt possible, only one for each country(England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) which would hopefully either eradicate, or significantly decrease numbers of incidents and problems like the one i described,overall improving peoples lives(NHS workers as they would have less communication issues, and patients as they would have easier and quicker access to both essential and non-essential treatments and medicines).

  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_duck | John Ray Junior School
    10 Mar 2020

    the most important nhs fact i have learnt from the bnc is that to wash your hands and sing happy birthday and use hand santias

  • Crampton-logo-250x250.jpg tolerant_guitar | Crampton Primary School
    10 Mar 2020

    I think an important fact that the NHS holds is that they do an absolutely incredible job of helping people who are in need and citizens who may need operations.
    You may be thinking "why did you choose this?". Well, the amount of phone calls the NHS and A&E (Accident and Emergency) have been increasing every day! NHS is the biggest health care system and they have done an amazing job. We love you NHS!

  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_frog | Faringdon Community College
    10 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact is 'In December 2019, every major A&E unit failed to hit its 4 hour waiting target' because this means that patients with life threatening injuries or illnesses are left waiting longer than they should, while patients with less life threatening injuries/illnesses are treated. This increases the risk of those life threatened patients dying as they aren't being treated quickly enough.

  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_raccoon | New Horizons Children's Academy
    10 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact I have learnt from the BNC is nearly 100,000 jobs are not filled at the momment because we need more people to become doctors/ nurses therefore our population could enlongate even more. This is important as most people in the world needs help and we need more people to assist so less people are unlikely to die.
    Furthermore, it is salient as there maybe an illness that will arise in the future and we will need lots of people to dissipate the illness in the future.
    But in conclusion, it is very essential that at least 100,000 jobs should be filled up at the momment as most people are dying and need help (like what i said before).

  • Ormiston-Six-Villages-logo-250x250.jpg upbeat_contribution | Ormiston Six Villages Academy
    10 Mar 2020

    I think that the most important thing happening at the NHS at the moment is the lack of staff and staff levels. The staff at the NHS are being worked extremely hard to help a massive influx of people(especially at this time) with a lack of staff and people qualified to complete necessary tasks. The NHS is essential in the UK and without the staff required to run it, a lot of people are going to be left untreated, especially if there are more and more cases of people believing they have something wrong with them which they ,in fact, don't. The job of dealing with current problems is bad enough but with constantly increasing population and constantly decreasing number of people able to deal with these problems, there is a ridiculous amount of stress upon the staff. This can lead to bad performances at work along with implications on their own life, which they shouldn't have to deal with because of the brilliant work they are doing for the country.

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg involved_grapefruit | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    11 Mar 2020

    The most important thing i have learnt about the NHS is that they have below 2 million workers, when they have 5.4 million visitors each year, and when a doctor may be treating something like a broken ankle or arm, if someone comes in and has a heart attack, they sometimes leave that person alone because the patient with the heart attack is more important than their illness. This is worrying and they have started to debate on the news if they should get retired doctors in the hospitals, because of issues like this. Do you think that it is fair that retired doctors, who have worked hard, may have to come back to help other people, when they might have an illness too?

  • Halsnead logo hopeful_city | Halsnead Primary School
    11 Mar 2020

    I have learnt that in America, people must pay for healthcare, basically meaning you can't afford to live your life if you are poor.

    1. Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg lovable_duck | Streatham Wells Primary School
      hopeful_city's comment 11 Mar 2020

      That is true so America is bacically taking away the rights of living to people who are homeless or people on low income.

  • Ormiston-Six-Villages-logo-250x250.jpg receptive_robin | Ormiston Six Villages Academy
    11 Mar 2020

    One of the issues that the NHS are facing at the moment is staff. It is extremely important to focus on other things like technology and beds, but i think that people don't realise how just important staff are. Without them, we would have no NHS! Sometimes, patients are in the waiting room for hours. Just trying to get a checkup! It shouldn't take that long...but it is! We should all appreciate them as they help get us better and book in appointments. The way some people treat the nurses and doctors are appalling. They try their best to listen and understand to your problems, they work so hard and i think it should be recognised. To resolve this problem, schools should be educating young children about the NHS and how important it is to work hard in class. Although it is expensive to become a doctor, we should encourage people from whatever the age to become a nurse or doctor or anything to help the NHS. Here is my question, is staff population one of you things that your worried about?

  • Allerton-logo-250x250.jpg miraculous_gazelle | Allerton High School
    11 Mar 2020

    I would say the 21 electronic system is the most important because if you don’t get the right info on the person you are treating it can link to life threatening. An example for this is if you are performing a heart treatment and you lose the data saying he has a heart condition, without you knowing can be a serious problem

  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg lovable_duck | Streatham Wells Primary School
    11 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact that there aren't enough doctors and nurses because if someone has a life threatening heart condition and there are no available cardiologists, the person will have to wait for a cardiologist and the person may just die on the spot.

  • Ormiston-Six-Villages-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_juniper | Ormiston Six Villages Academy
    11 Mar 2020

    The biggest NHS issue that I know is that they do not have enough staff.This means that it is very difficult for the doctors and nurses to see everyone.Some people’s problems might be worse, therefore needing more desperate help and treatment. I think the most important problem the NHS are facing is money. If they fix lots of the other problems they won’t have enough money for the actual treatments.

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg upbeat_acorn | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    11 Mar 2020

    The most important NHS fact that I have learned on the BNC is that in December 2019 every major A&E failed to hit its 4 targets. This is the most important one for me because this can show that the NHS is low on staff. This fact can show that because most doctors are qualified in something and for example if someone needed surgery ASAP there might not be enough doctors to help the other patients. If so they might of failed one of the goals which is to not keep patients wait for more than 6 hours. (I think if I did get it wrong feel free to correct me) This fact can also show that there might be some problems with something such as their machines. For another example a person might have just gone into A&E but they cant move their foot the person might have broken the foot but when they get it scanned the workers might miss a very important injury and not give the person the right treatment. But without the correct treatment their foot gets worse. (Again this is just a theory I don't know f it is true but you may correct me if I was incorrect) I also think that this fact can show that the NHS might have other issues that can't be known about because I have just recently been to A&E and I was there for 7 hours so there might have been a problem but that is just my opinion and when I was there I could tell that they were low on staff (I think) because when the doctor came she said that she only had five minutes because there was someone in surgery so I think that it shows they were low on staff because some other doctor might not have took her space. Some people prefer to go to a private hospital because in their opinion they think that the NHS isn't the best because they take too long. I do agree with that but in my opinion I think we are very lucky to have the NHS because they give us free health care whereas in America or somewhere else they don't get free health care so I think the NHS is amazing. Also, 73% of people would spend one pound more to save the NSH. This fact can also show that there is many injures in England I know this because if they don't complete the goals then maybe it is because of all the people after all A&E get 5.4 million each year. This is all my opinion well most of it.
    I hoped you enjoyed reading!
    upbeat_acorn

  • Hammond School logo radical_koala | Hammond Junior School F
    12 Mar 2020

    Personally, I think that the most important issue for the NHS, is the patients information, is being recorded on paper.
    This is a problem because if the citizen looses their form another citizen may give them something that they can't have. But if their personal information is on a devise it can easily be hacked into, edited or adapted.

  • Hammond School logo determined_shrimp | Hammond Junior School B
    12 Mar 2020

    Out of all the facts I have learned from this issue in the BNC is the amount of money the NHS spend and the rapid increase in the amount of money used because.


    The money the NHS is huge and confuses me how the NHS are in a financial crisis because this is more than enough to treat people but the money is being misused. This money that has been misused can be given to homeless people and this obscene amount of money will be increased by 50% by 2030. Every year the amount of money needed increases by 5%. This is terrible and this must change.

  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg careful_science | Faringdon Community College
    12 Mar 2020

    This is my comment, hope you like it.

    In my opinion, the fact that interests me is "Nearly 100,000 jobs are not filled at the moment." If you think about it, this could mean many different things. That could mean that, not many people want to work at the NHS because of all of its problems and issues, like the waiting time and the cost to treat older people. It could also mean that not many people want to be doctors or nurses it in grand scheme of things or it could mean that the NHS are not employing or accepting other people or nurses.

    Thank you for reading, hope you consider.

  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg insightful_orca | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
    12 Mar 2020

    I think that the most important fact that Burnet News Club has taught me about the NHS is that the NHS does their best to help each and everyone of us as best as they can. I think this is because people every day fall ill and the NHS tries their hardest to make the people that fall ill better, even if that’s just by talking to them or giving them medicine, they help them. The NHS doesn’t get the respect that they need and they don’t get recognised for the job that they do, everyday helping people that don’t get the care they need from other medical advisers. The Burnet News Club has made me realise that the NHS should get more credit for what they do, for the people they save and help. The NHS is free health care that we get, not everyone gets the opportunity to have free health care. To spread awareness throughout the world I would share the achievements and awards that the NHS team get so that everyone around the world can see what they do instead of it being kept secret in the hospital.

  • Cowes-logo-250x250.jpg centered_mode | Cowes Enterprise College
    12 Mar 2020

    I think the most vital fact is that it costs three times as much to treat a ninety year old than it does a thirty year old. I believe this because the population is increasing and as health care gets better, more people live a longer life. This means that it will cost three times at much, a lot more often than it used to, making NHS have less money for medicine, new tech and several more essentials.

  • Cowes-logo-250x250.jpg astounding_currant | Cowes Enterprise College
    12 Mar 2020

    I think the most important fact is that there are around 100,000 job vacancies in the NHS. This is a big problem because patients are having to drive to different parts of the country just to get treated ! If patients aren’t getting the attention they need, the deaths will increase...

    1. Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_whale | Evelyn Street Primary School A
      astounding_currant's comment 12 Mar 2020

      This is very true , I think that there should be more free health cares because if someone hd a serious injury and wasn't wealthy enough to have private health care and you live in the country side it would be very hard to find some where that was the closest but has the benefits for you.

  • Cowes-logo-250x250.jpg charming_drawing | Cowes Enterprise College
    12 Mar 2020

    I think the most important is The NHS using 21 different electronic systems to record patients' data. I think this is the most important because it could take longer than 15 minutes to find the patients’ prescription or medical notes which by then the patient could have passed out or had a heart attack or could have lost a lot of blood. Which links to December 2019, where every major A&E unit failed to hit its 4 hour waiting target. If they didn’t have all these different operating systems then they might not have gone over the limit

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    12 Mar 2020

    'In December 2019, every major A&E unit failed to hit its 4-hour waiting target.'

    I think this is the most important because as time goes on, the population grows, which increases the amount of speediness the NHS would need. Therefore, if the NHS has not reached its target now, the population would have reached to an unbearable number, especially as people age and it cost 8 times more to take care of a 90-year-old than to take care of a 30-year-old, not to mention that more critical illnesses are likely to come our way as time goes on. The NHS can't go under it, they can go above it, but they've got to go THROUGH it, meaning instead of trying to do things that seem easy and doesn't do much, (which is going over the problem) nor can they give up on the whole thing (which is going under the problem), but they have to be driven into achieving their goal which may be a lot of stress or a lot of pressure, but when we all are healthy and jovial, it would have all paid off. This fact is the most vital as if the fact that the NHS hasn't achieved its goal, it would discourage the crowd to think positive of the NHS. For example, if someone wanted to join the NHS and soon after heard this, their inferences about the NHS may be negative, which would motivate them not to join it anymore. This may be the solution to why there are 100,000 jobs not filled for the NHS, due to the negative reports about them or it could be the lack of modern machinery! The NHS has failed to modernise its machinery, which would be another reason for the crowd to be discouraged. Especially when they've also heard that the NHS has once again failed to reach its target. In conclusion, The December failure to reach its goal is the most important as it has the biggest consequence and is associated with the other few facts.

    Thank you for reading.

    memorable_orchard.

  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg accomplished_reality | Faringdon Community College
    12 Mar 2020

    The most interesting fact I have learnt is that nearly 100,000 jobs in the NHS are not filled. This surprised me because I thought that the NHS had enough staff but were just under stress from the amount of health care people want. The problem with this is that doctors and nurses are probably under stress and will have to work harder and become more tired. Especially when bugs go round (like the flu) then they have to work even harder. This is also a problem because not as many people can be treated at the same time meaning people would have to wait a long time for an appointment and could pass bugs around easier. We need to stop this and provide more workers for the NHS.

    Hope you enjoyed reading my comment :)

  • The Sherwood School cheerful_photograph | The Sherwood School
    12 Mar 2020

    The most important National Health Service fact I have learnt from the Burnet News Club is that the National Health Service Staff are increasingly going on strike. Patients admitted to the Hospital are not getting the best possible care. The inadequate care and attention are resulting in depression, anxiety and even deaths. People come to the General Practice and the hospitals to get the best possible Health Care treatment and cures not to waiting for a doctor to arrive. The main reason that all of this is happening is because of insufficient wages to: nurses, doctors and other members of staff that help to run the National Health Service, Hospitals and General Practice. Thousands of health workers, including nurses, midwives and ambulance staff, had taken part in the first strike over pay for more than 30 years. Disruption was minimised after unions agreed staff would make sure emergency care was covered. Unison was a group of staff who made: banners, posters and leaflets to try and convince the government and parliament to fund the NHS staff more money so that they can live a happy life and be actually willing to do their job to help other people in emergencies. I feel sorry for the people who have to endure this pain and have to do things like protest and go on strike just to get what they want. This is my competition entry.

  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_whale | Evelyn Street Primary School A
    12 Mar 2020

    The most important thing about the NHS is , the population growing. I think this is the most important because if the population is more elderly it is most likely that they would need more medical attention because they can get ill easier. Also ,I if the population grows it would be harder to use on the electronic systems and it would be harder for the staff because the more people there are to care for the hard it is on the staff. I strongly agree with my opinion because there are lots of reasons on why it could go down hill for the NHS so I feel more staff should be employed for the NHS so it is easier for all oh the other staff members. However I would like to hear what other people think is most important about the National Health Service .

    Thank you for reading ,

    encouraging_whale

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_meerkat | Michael Faraday School
    12 Mar 2020

    In my opinion, I consider that 'In December 2019, every Major A&E unit failed to accomplish its four hour waiting target. '
    I think this is very vital to obtain this as it is called accident and emergency and those people need to be seen immediately. The population is increasing so there would be a higher number of patients there.
    I am in the middle as some of these facts are linked to this case like there are about 100,000 spare jobs to fill in for the NHS which would mean there is a lack of staff so not all of the patients who have visited A&E are not treated quickly. If there were enough staff, people would be cured promptly. Another fact I realized was linked is the have 21 different electronic systems and none of them would cooperate swiftly which means staff wait a longer time until it works which makes patients suffer more while awaiting for a member of the NHS. I feel that the facts that are linked to this should be tackled first for this to be succeeded.

  • The Sherwood School active_sheep | The Sherwood School
    12 Mar 2020

    'The NHS is the largest employer in the UK and 5th largest in the world.'

    Which is most important and why?
    This was my chosen fact because this fact shows that the NHS (National Health Service) is a great company and it means that the NHS is saving many peoples lives and helping people through viruses, illnesses and diseases. They are always busy.

  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    13 Mar 2020

    The most important fact I have learnt about the NHS so far in BNC is: In December 2019, every major A&E unit failed to hit its 4 hour waiting target. I think this because:
    Firstly, if every major A&E unit failed to hit it's 4 hour waiting target then this means that many people might lose faith in A&E and might stop going their even if they are in a very bad state, this in turn, could lead to those people going to the GP which will make the GP very busy.
    Secondly, I have chosen this fact because it has the biggest impact on everyone, long waiting times in A&E means that those people who need medical attention might not get it quickly enough and as a result their condition might worsen, this has a knock on effect as these very very ill patients will take longer to treat and then more people will have to wait and then their condition might worsen and then their treatment might take longer, this means that more people won't get seen on time and so on.
    In addition to this, in December 2019, every major A&E unit failed to hit its 4 hour waiting target, the population is constantly growing, this problem can only get worse, at this stage, as the NHS does not have very modern electronic systems which reduce productivity in multiple areas, a staff member has to log in to multiple accounts to do things such as record patient data. The NHS had 300,000 beds 10 years ago, now they have 150,000, this also radically increases waiting times, all these problems have to be sorted if we want an A&E that hits it's 4 hour waiting targets.
    As well as this, this fact is important because it is a wake up call for the government to invest more in the NHS, Rishi Sunak, in his latest budget has invested £13 billion into the NHS but in the current state the NHS is in, how is 13 billion going to buy 150,000 beds, how is it going to update the NHS's electronic systems, how? That number might have been sufficient 10 years ago but now it is not. Facts like this should signal the government to invest more in the NHS.
    Finally, this fact is important: In December 2019, every major A&E unit failed to hit its 4 hour waiting target, because: A fact like this might encourage more people to join the NHS and make a difference, this would be beneficial because Nearly 100,000 jobs are not filled at the moment in the NHS, having more people in the NHS means that problems like A&E waiting times can be addressed with more effectiveness.

  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    13 Mar 2020

    I think the fact which is having the most consequences is 'Nearly 100,000 jobs are not filled at the moment.' This means that the NHS is not at it's full potential and can't treat as many patients with the shortage of staff. In 2018, there were around 87,000 jobs vacant, now there are around 100,000. This shows that maybe new immigration laws have cut the flow of people from the EU taking up NHS jobs. After all, 55,000 out of the 1.2 million NHS staff are from the EU- that's a lot. Another potential factor in why the NHS has so many vacancies is the low pay for doctors and nurses, this could make these kinds of jobs unattractive. Going back to the point I made about how this is the most consequential fact, if so many jobs are vacant, it would make working in the NHS even more unattractive because of the amount of not taken up roles. Secondly, this is the most important fact because the staff are the people who drive the NHS forwards, if there are a shortage of them then the NHS faces a challenge.Thirdly, unlike any other fact showcased, this one is being caused because of another problem, the ageing population. This means that as the population gets older less people would be able to take up doctor and nurse roles because of their near retirement age. To elaborate, this is essentially saying that less and less roles will be taken up in the NHS due to the UK's ageing population. Finally, this is the most important fact because it urges the government to invest more in the NHS, over the current 13 billion, to make NHS jobs more attractive and raise the pay of doctors and nurses. To summarise, the fact that nearly 100,000 jobs are not filled at the moment in the NHS , is the most important fact due to it's many disadvantages and throwbacks like not having enough workers or making working in the NHS look less attractive. With the consequences, do you agree with me on how 'nearly 100,000 jobs are not filled at the moment' is the most important fact?

  • Hammond School logo radical_koala | Hammond Junior School F
    13 Mar 2020

    I personally think that the decrease of staff is a huge issue throughout the NHS.
    The NHS staff are under real pressure, despite their growing work face. The number of patients are continuing to increase massively. The NHS are struggling to recruit new members to work on the team. The NHS say that although there is an employee engagement, their work continues to improve.

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg meticulous_twilight | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    13 Mar 2020

    It costs nearly eight times as much to treat someone who is 90 compared to someone who is 30!
    I think this is the most important because some people who are near the age of 90 are much older than children and we have a lot longer in our lives than elderly people. I would like to help in this situation because people who are around the age of 90 don't have much longer left in their lives than we do. I would like to make them happy for the rest of their lives that they have and I would not just let them suffer. what is your opinion on this?

  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_dinosaur | Portobello High School
    13 Mar 2020

    We did an exit poll at the end of our lesson. 14 out of 20 of us feel that the most important fact we've learned is that 21 different electronic systems are used to record patient data. We came up with lots of reasons. It would be better to invest in new, better systems rather than continuing to waste money on something that isn't working. This would have a positive effect in the long run. At the moment, people can't get patient data as fast as they need it. One member of our group has a family member who is a receptionist. When people call the surgery, it takes ages for her to call up a record, which causes frustration and gives the impression she isn't good at her job. A new system should help people access patient files quickly in order to treat people in the right way. Slow systems put safety and health at risk because if IT fails then it will cause A&E to fail to reach targets. Better IT will speed up patient waiting time. A new system would also be more reliable and therefore keep patient files safe. If patient information was accidentally leaked it would probably be because of poor IT systems. Patient care includes private medical records and these should be considered just as important as other aspects of their care. Old electronic systems are difficult to connect and waste money which could be spent on other things like homes.

This competition is now closed.