In our BNC session today, our teacher told us about this article. In LGI a young boy ,aged four, had to sleep on a pile of coats, on the floor, as they didn’t have enough beds in A and E. The boy had pneumonia which is an infection in the lungs that could be fatal. The hospital apologised for this and Dr Yvette Oade, chief medical officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "Our hospitals are extremely busy at the moment and we are very sorry that Jack's family had a long wait in our Emergency Department." Furthermore, she added: "We are extremely sorry that there were only chairs available in the treatment room, and no bed. This falls below our usual high standards, and for this we would like to sincerely apologise to Jack and his family." Due to this, his mother said that seeing the NHS crisis for herself meant she would vote Labour. By crisis I presume that she is referring to the funding cuts that they have gotten. And obviously due to this he wasn’t able to get the proper treatment needed until five hours later. In a later interview Boris Johnson was asked about the photograph with ITV News. However, he refused to even look at it. Instead, he took the phone from the correspondent and put it in his pocket. In a clip the correspondent said to the PM: "You refuse to look at the photo. You've taken my phone and put it in your pocket Prime Minister." He took the phone out of his pocket, looked at the photo on the screen, and said: "It's a terrible, terrible photo. And I apologise obviously to the families and all those who have terrible experiences in the NHS." He’s given a very vague answer and some people may even believe he’s not properly responding to the person. He hasn’t said that he’s going to do anything about it. And many people have said that he needs to go and see places where it’s happening so that he can show that he cares, and then hopefully he would realise that something very serious has to be done about this. Liberal Democrat Luciana Berger said: "This young boy's experience is absolutely shameful and deeply upsetting. It is simply unacceptable that hospitals are under so much pressure that they don't have enough beds - especially for small children."
What I am trying to say that we need to properly think about whether we need to actually go to A and E and whether we actually need to see a GP for the little things.
For example in Buckinghamshire, the NHS spent £1,610,952 in the year 2017/18 on prescribing medicines like paracetamol, and Ibuprofen. It has been calculated that this money could have gone towards: 40 nurses; 11,364 MRI scans and 7,895 general hospital appointments. But it didn’t because some people couldn’t have gone to their local Morrison’s and picked up a pack for 45p. Things like actualily going to your supermarket and buying your own can really help the NHS money wise: it costs the NHS three pounds to provide you with each pack of paracetamol where as you could go to your local supermarket and picked some up for 45p.
Someone that I knew once told us that their friend has gone all the way to A and E just because they cut their finger open. It was bleeding quite a bit, but instead of going to A and E they could have called 111 for some advice on how to stop it. Because it’s a very busy place as we saw before in the article and sometimes, they need to pay very serious attention to some patients, instead of bandaging up someone’s cut finger. To add, a good way to think of it is like this, imagine the UK didn’t have the NHS and we had to pay for health care like any other country. Would we really go all the way to A and E because we have a cut finger that’s bleeding a lot? In America having an ambulance can cost about $224 to $2,204 and that’s only for the ambulance, no treatment included. And treatment costs could vary a lot. In a French lesson we got told that normally people who live there go to the pharmacist first, to see if they could do anything and if not they would then go to a GP because obviously it costs money to see a GP.
Furthermore, I think that people need to react to medical problems as if we don’t have the NHS that way we won’t be making them spend a lot of money on things we could do ourselves. I understand that this is a bit confusing, but like I said before imagine we din’t have the NHS.
I think that we do rely on the NHS more than we should do because they are having to spend so much money on us and they are having to spend so much time on emergencies that aren’t even that serious.