Do we rely on the NHS too much?

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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.

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    25 Feb 2020

    Thanks for this post. There are lots of interesting points to discuss here and I wonder what other people think about them.

    Can anyone be open-minded and suggest the reasons why people do go straight to A&E when they have an accident?
    Can anyone give reasons why Boris Johnson might have ignored the photo?
    Can you be sceptical and question any of the information above?

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    1. Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
      Olivia @ the BNC's comment 25 Feb 2020

      I will try to be open-minded and suggest why people might go straight to A&E.
      Firstly, people might not be sure of the severity of the case. For example, someone might have sprained their ankle badly or twisted it badly, it might not be broken but the person would not want to take any chances and, usually, if you go to the GP for than kind of thing they will refer you to A&E.
      Secondly, you might need immediate medical attention and there might be a long waiting time at the GP, A&E would probably be faster, this is changing but a person who does not no this might go to A&E thinking it would be faster to go to A&E and if they need immediate medical attention then a more specialist doctor/nurse is probably needed.
      In conclusion, these are the reasons someone might go straight to accident and emergency, I have tried as open-minded as possible and have tried to put my self is somebody else's shoes.
      Thank you for Reading
      Versatile_molecule

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      1. Hammond School logo skillful_turtle | Hammond Junior School A
        versatile_molecule's comment 29 Feb 2020

        I agree if you think you may have broken your ankle then you would want to be sure that it wasn't.

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    2. Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy
      Olivia @ the BNC's comment 26 Feb 2020

      I think people might go straight to the A'n'E for several reasons. Firstly, if you cut yourself, it can be a lot more serious than just a cut. Losing too much blood could lead to faintness, dizziness or (in exceptionally serious cases). Sometimes, people might go to hospital because they are having phantom symptoms as they are worried about their injury being more serious than it actually is.
      In addition, people may go to the hospital because their local GP is closed. Doctors tend to close at about 6:30pm and all day on weekends and bank holidays. This means that , if you get a minor injury during those hours, you have to go to hospital. There is the Emergency doctors ; however, a lot of people don't know it's there. Therefore, the hospital can get crowded because of the doctors being shut.
      Also, people can go straight to the hospital because some injuries can disguise themselves as more serious than they actually are. For example, when you fall over and hurt your wrist, you can't be sure the severity of the situation. It could be broken or just sprained. In addition, if you are ill for some time, it may seem to be very serious because it has not gone away yet. This means that they will go to hospital to check what it is.

      In conclusion, the reasons that people go straight to A'n'E are that they are unsure of the severity, doctors being closed and phantom symptoms.

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    3. Ormiston Sudbury Academy mindblowing_sparrow | Ormiston Sudbury Academy
      Olivia @ the BNC's comment 03 Mar 2020

      An open-minded reason why people might want to go straight to A&E instead of going to a pharmacist or a local supermarket to buy medicine would be that the worry of losing someone or something, for example I have a friend who went to A&E because he struggled to breath whilst I was at his house. In worry his Mum rushed him to hospital whilst his Dad said that he would be fine. After a few hour he returned back home his Mum all shock flew out of her face, and I wondered why they went to A&E when just sitting down solved this problem.
      I believe that people don't know a lot about their body when things go wrong and require a professional to tell them what wrong. I also think that people have limited use of 111 due to not knowing about the service that it gives out. I also think that if people researched the information that it will lessen the load on the NHS.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg stellar_lion | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    25 Feb 2020

    I don't think we rely on the NHS too much, because we earn our healthcare by paying taxes to the government, and they pay back the favor by giving free healthcare. However I do believe that workers at the NHS shouldn't have to pay as much in their taxes, as they help the government, by caring for patients, who come to a government funded service.

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  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    25 Feb 2020

    I agree with you, we do rely too much on the NHS, I think this because lots of people go to A&E just for a 'cut finger'
    as you said. This would also partly be due to the patient feeling a sense of entitlement to go to the NHS about any medical needs because they pay taxes to it, however, a more likely answer is that they could not book an appointment with their General Medical Practice [GP]. I do see the thought process behind this but I think it is extremely wrong to do that. You could simply be a bit empathetic and think that the NHS has much more important things to deal with than waste time on checking your bruised thigh or slightly painful stomach. "Less than three-quarters (74.5%) of people who sought care at A&E units in England in October were treated and then discharged, admitted or transferred within four hours – the smallest proportion since the target was introduced in 2004 [Guardian.com 2019]" This figure, originally from NHS England, shows that if people who did not truly have emergency medical cases just went to their GP those waiting figures would theoretically drastically go down. Winter is one of the most difficult times for the NHS due to flu and cold outbreaks all the time, now we are in winter this puts double pressure on the NHS due to the already existing poor funding and job shortages. Concluding, we rely on the NHS too much and we need to remember we have our GP and plasters!

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  • The Sherwood School giving_orangutan | The Sherwood School
    25 Feb 2020

    In my opinion we do need to rely on the NHS as they are doctors, surgeons, nurses and many more, they help us feel better because if we had no healthcare service we would basically all die if we had a disease like the coronavirus so the NHS are their to help us stay better so we can carry on with our normal lives. Not only this people who suffer from something may pass it on to someone else and this can result in being the whole world as there are no doctors to help us get better and this also may extinct humanity. If we did not have the NHS our world's population will decrease dramatically as there is no people to treat them.

    This is what I think on if we rely on the NHS too much.

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg committed_physics | Richmond Hill Academy
    25 Feb 2020

    In my opinion, I think that people, when graduating, should be taught the basic medical terms. Some collages apply this formula but teaching everyone could be quite a positive idea. This is because people who choose to become a doctor go into learning about treating patients in a more advanced way. But if everyone is taught this then there could be less amount of people in hospitals and this could save a substantial amount of money as doctor and nurses would not have to buy equipment that is expensive but can save a person's life. And like balanced_singer has informed us that instead of purchasing medicines from doctors why not go to the nearest pharmacy! For example, say if a person was seriously ill and needed a medicine prescribed to him then the people in his family who would have already learned to cure illnesses then there would be less queue in the hospitals and the sick person could get cured. Just by investing several millions of pounds now to teach people the more advanced technology of being a doctor then this could be prove beneficial in the future.

    So I think yes we do rely too much on the NHS and other health services. Instead lets try to cure it ourselves. But by saying this I do not mean making an random guess at what medicine you should have as this could seriously damage our bodies.

    What are your thoughts?

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      committed_physics's comment 26 Feb 2020

      Well done for linking your ideas to balanced_singer's. Does learning First Aid cover the basic medical terms you are writing about?

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      1. Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg committed_physics | Richmond Hill Academy
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 27 Feb 2020

        Depending on the situation the choice van be varied. If someone has got a bad cough for several days then by learning the basics of first aid it can help but if someone has problems of nerves then they need acupuncture which is difficult for a normal person to do.

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    26 Feb 2020

    We definitely do rely on the NHS too much because every time we need to have something check-up we go there, and every time we get hurt we have to go there as well. If there was a problem with the NHS we would have pretty much no where to go to get prescribed to a prescription and nobody to help us if we had a serious health problem as no one would be able to see what the problem is. The other thing is that - like you said - I think every time somebody has a minor issue like they have cut their finger they go to the NHS to see what they need to do about it. The right reaction to this would be to put it in a plaster and then see if it carries on bleeding. If it does, then you can call a GP about it, and see their advice. We take advantage of the NHS because it's free, and we go there at every opportunity when sometimes we don't actually need it; we just go there because we can. This means some people who desperately need the NHS have to wait longer to be able to have an appointment and it is the result of the picture you talked about. We should only go to the NHS if we are seriously injured, or if you think you have found and are showing symptoms of a harmful disease, but you are also allowed to go for a regular check-up every now and then to make sure you are healthy and well but if that is the case make sure you make a "non-emergent" call saying why so they don't put you ahead of people who really need it.

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  • Ormiston-Six-Villages-logo-250x250.jpg jolly_pineapple | Ormiston Six Villages Academy
    26 Feb 2020

    I think that a boy with pneumonia sleeping on a pile of coats is very serious but I also think other patients may have not been able to get a bed either. Also I can see why Boris Johnson didn’t say much about the photo as in other poorer countries the patients must have to sleep on the ground. I know Boris saying that the photo was terrible was not a good thing to do but I think it isn’t absolutely terrible that he didn’t say much because maybe he was feeling sorry for the poorer countries with no beds at all and we are complaining because one person slept on a pile of coats! I know pneumonia is serious but what Johnson said -not about the photo- isn’t the worst thing in the world.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School proactive_leaves | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    27 Feb 2020

    Yeah but that's there job and if we break a bone or have a illness that's where we go and they cure it so were healthy. We do rely on a tiny bit to much.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School generous_clarinet | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    27 Feb 2020

    No the NHS is amazing and does it really matter if we rely on it that much

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    1. Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
      generous_clarinet's comment 28 Feb 2020

      I can understand what you mean, generous_clarinet and you are absolutely correct, the NHS is amazing but I think that it does matter if we rely on them too much because lots of different things happen becuase of how much we rely on them. For one, the NHS recieved over 10 million patients in just January this year and that's for A and E. The NHS is also on of Britains top picks becuase of how much we rely on them to cure and take care of us. They use loads of equipment like electronic systems, for example, which we talked about in our BNC lesson earlier today. The NHS use, in total, 21 different electronic systems to record data about patients. These systems don't communicate well with each other so there is a risk that when doctors treat a new patients they might not know everything about them or what's happened in the past. Out of 152 hospitals surveyed that have electronical medical records, about one-quarter of them use paper records. I thought that this was because if there is a mail function or a power outage, the information wouldn't be lost and when the power backs up again, the doctor would be able to read the information directly from the article.

      To conclude, I think that we rely on the NHS too much becuase of the things they do for us and that it matters whatever we choose to do whether it's to rely on them alot or whether it's that we don't.

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        intrepid_hurricane's comment 01 Mar 2020

        Well done for using statistics from the BNC session to suypport your argument. Which one supports your argument best?

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School lovely_panda_bear | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    27 Feb 2020

    we relay on the nhs way to much because they help people so many times we love them so much we should give them as much pouds as we like

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo lovely_hippopotamus | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    27 Feb 2020

    I think that the NHS have a lot of pressure because so many people need healthcare and I think we relay on them way to much. They are humans too and they need their rest. They look after the whole country but who looks after them?

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg opinionated_dolphin | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    28 Feb 2020

    i dont agree with lovley_ hippoptamus because NHS helps you a lot with you illness and if you brock parts of your body or if you or your parants are hurt really badly and you should be gratfull to have NHS if we dont then we will all be sick

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg ethical_mouse | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    28 Feb 2020

    NHS are in bad trouble people are not wanting to join but i my opinion why would you not join you will fell amazing every day like you have just saved some persons life and you should lower the cost of elders medicine because every person should be treated the same like the doctors are trying to save there life and they have to pay 80 ponds to get the medicine that they need it is like you are killing them so make it all the same

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg authentic_chocolate | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    28 Feb 2020

    Honestly I think the NHS is having trouble looking after people because they don't have the equipment they need to look after there patients so If you have any lose change please,please donate to the NHS.

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  • Hammond School logo consistent_date | Hammond Junior School A
    28 Feb 2020

    In my opinion, I think we rely on the NHS too much because first off all in the name 'national health service' basically everyone in the world goes to them when something has bad has happened. Second of all, private hospitals are really expensive and at the NHS you don't need to pay upfront, you pay taxes so you turn up and the NHS will make sure your ok without paying when you get their. Third of all, the NHS were celebrated in the opening ceremony at the 2012 Olympics which will make them popular so people will start going there. Finally, people don't know about there staff shortages which comes from of how much money they give to the staff.

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  • Willowtown-logo-250x250.jpg fair_banana | Willowtown Community Primary School
    28 Feb 2020

    no obviously not because we need the NHS. imagine what it would be like without them!

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  • Hammond School logo loved_wildcat | Hammond Junior School F
    28 Feb 2020

    Well done for the star you deserve it!!!

    I think we don’t really rely on the NHS but I do think we need it.Some people can’t afford private healthcare so mostly they go to the NHS since the NHS is the best option for those people.So really some people do rely on the NHS for healthcare but probably not for anything else.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg ethical_mouse | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    29 Feb 2020

    I think that yes we are but do we have no chose like if we don't rely on the NHS more deaths will happen will like do happen like do you know what to do if some person need's a life saving operation like do you know how to work a exray and we should be grate full it is free.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg focused_hurricane | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    01 Mar 2020

    I think we do because every time we get ill then we would obviously rely on the NHS to make us better. I know we are still going to need them but what we can do is wait a bit and see how we feel after. It is also hard for them now becauen of CORONAVIRUS so they are also going to be more busy looking after them.




































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  • Lyons Hall Primary School kind_dinosaur | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    02 Mar 2020

    I see what you're saying about how they don't have enough beds in A & E but this is why we need to put more money into the NHS from our taxes. So really this is Boris Johnson's fault for not putting enough money into the things we need. I understand that we need to put most of our money into the navy as we're a lone island, but were in a time of peace now and we have learnt a lot about war from WW2 and that's why we haven't had a war since. Going forward as loads of people are worried about the Corona Virus we should probably put more money into the NHS as the news is saying it is very dangerous. Adding on to that we could make ads about how to protect yourself from it then people won't be as worried. Going back to how I said we need to put more money into the NHS maybe we increase the taxes, that way everyone is a winner. Except the people that's paying it.

    In my opinion I think we should swap what we pay with the navy with the NHS.
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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg radical_reality | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    03 Mar 2020

    I think we do because we go to the doctors and pharmacist too often and we rely on them to treat us, instead of taking care of ourselves. We should take more care and only go to the hospital, doctors and pharmacist when it is very major.

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  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy free_iceberg | Ormiston Sudbury Academy
    03 Mar 2020

    I think in the UK we rely on the NHS too much, and take it for granted compare to countries who have to pay for their health care and have to choose from basic living e.g. food, electricity or their own health.
    In my opinion to help lower the demand on both the staff and costs of the NHS all children in high school/college should be toughed basic first aid and health care, which will lead to less demand on doctors and nurses as people will have more knowledge on what is wrong with them, it will also allow people to have a further knowledge on medical terms and the types of thing doctors need to know 0which may help students figure out if they enjoy it and help inspire more people to join the NHS leading to a positive multiplier effect.
    I also think local pharmacy's should be promoted more by the government to take some of the pressure off doctors surgeries.

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  • Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
    04 Mar 2020

    We do rely on the NHS a lot, and we do rely on the NHS too much. We think because we are ill, they will treat us exceptionally. However, they do not always have enough space for all their patients, as shown with the case of pneumonia with the 4 year old boy. This shows that we need to use private healthcare more to ensure that those who cannot afford this private healthcare can get the treatment they need and deserve.
    In addition to this, we don't appreciate the NHS as an advantage, but as a necessity. We do not need free healthcare. We can pay for our healthcare. We rely on them to take care of us for free. Therefore, we rely on the NHS too much.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg meticulous_octopus | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    04 Mar 2020

    i think that we do rely on the NHS a bit to much because the NHS will not always be able to take care of us because one day the NHS might shut down and since we only rely on the NHS if it does shut dowm where will we go

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg involved_watermelon | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    04 Mar 2020

    Well a little bit because NHS can help us but they cant because some of the diseases are so CRITICAL that the NHS cant find a cure,but we should be thankful for the NHS because atleast we have some people helping us like the NHS


    the NHS

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_acorn | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    04 Mar 2020

    I think we don't rely on the NHS too much, because before we had 111 calls we would be making calls that are not emergencies, so no we do not rely on the NHS too much because 111 calls are helping people to sort out non-emergencies.

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

    I think that some people can rely on the NHS to much. Here are my reasons why.
    Some people can just tell the NHS to do everything for them when they are under care.I understand if they do need to be seen at all times but some people could be a little careless.People can just rely on them to much bye thinking that they do everything perfectly, but they don't .They are just people and humans make mistakes.

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

    Personally I believe that we don't rely on the NHS to much because as they are there to help and look after us so we dont make a bad mistake and cause our problems to become worse .

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  • CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_tree | Cuddington Croft Primary School
    07 Mar 2020

    The NHS are very useful and can save lives, but sometimes I think we expect them to work miricales and they don't. I also feel that is not their fault as they need more money to do more.

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

    I think that we do rely on the NHS too much because sometimes people come to A&E just for a cut

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

    I think that we do rely on the NHS too much because, if some people get a cold, which isn't that bad, then they go to the hospital, "just to be sure". I mean, if you need a medical professionals advice, just for a cold or something, then you rely on the NHS too much.

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

    In my opinion, I think we do

    I think we do because when someone has a serious injury, we just rely on the NHS to find out what is going to make it better, what kind of injury it is , if you have a medical condition or not etc. We just want the NHS to help us out. We don't help so we rely on those workers to do their jobs. We should stop this by asking if we can help out or get stuff for them to make it less worrying.

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo cheerful_deer | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    10 Mar 2020

    No because they love you and everyone and then they love to see us get back up.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School funny_groundhog | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    12 Mar 2020

    we do need the NHS because it can treat hurt and sick people👈😀🤙

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School funny_groundhog | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    12 Mar 2020

    SAVE THE NHS SO IT CAN SAVE MORE HURT PEOPLE🤛😑✌

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

    I think we do because when someone has a serious injury, we just rely on the NHS to find out what is going to make it better, what kind of injury it is , if you have a medical condition or not etc. We just want the NHS to help us out. We don't help so we rely on those workers to do their jobs. We should stop this by asking if we can help out or get stuff for them to make it less worrying.

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

    We do rely on the NHS a lot, and we do rely on the NHS too much. We think because we are ill, they will treat us exceptionally. However, they do not always have enough space for all their patients, as shown with the case of pneumonia with the 4 year old boy. This shows that we need to use private healthcare more to ensure that those who cannot afford this private healthcare can get the treatment they need and deserve.
    In addition to this, we don't appreciate the NHS as an advantage, but as a necessity. We do not need free healthcare. We can pay for our healthcare. We rely on them to take care of us for free. Therefore, we rely on the NHS too much.

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  • Moreland logo smart_nation | Moreland Primary School
    13 Mar 2020

    I do not think that we rely on the NHS too much because they are meant to be there for us when we need them. That is the point of them, they are here to make us feel better and how can we not rely on them. The NHS are lifesavers.

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg extraordinary_tamarind | Streatham Wells Primary School
    15 Mar 2020

    I agree that we rely on the NHS to help us but isn't it there job to help us when we need it but yes we do rely on them a bit to much eg everyone's relying on the NHS and and medical experts to stop the coranavirus

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  • Halsnead logo healthy_skill | Halsnead Primary School
    16 Mar 2020

    it will be harder for nhs because of the coronavirus we all rely on them





















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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg inventive_dolphin | Bruntcliffe Academy
    16 Mar 2020

    i think we do rely on the NHS too much because we need to learn to rely on our selves and not everyone else.

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    1. Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg inspiring_penguin | Graveney School
      inventive_dolphin's comment 17 Mar 2020

      I disagree with inventive_dolphin; there are so many (around 11.1 million) struggling to afford rent in 2019. If they had to pay when they were seriously ill just to get better can you imagine how they would feel? It's likely they could even refuse treatment and really suffer. It is my belief that while we should look out for ourselves to some extent, it's also incredibly important to help others especially those in need. Though you may have never needed to use the health service there are millions who really rely on it.

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  • Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
    19 Mar 2020

    No we do not because they help us when we are ill and never refuse to help patients.

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  • Allerton-logo-250x250.jpg funny_hippopotamus | Allerton High School
    19 Mar 2020

    I think the boy with pneumonia sleeping on a pile of coats is very serious and things like that should be taken care of immediately. I heard of a lot of stories when seriously injured people as old as 81 years old had to wait 2-4 hours for the ambulance.But if some people didn't ho to A&E just because of a headache or a cut finger tons of money could be saved which would help the NHS massively with it's economic problems.

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  • Allerton-logo-250x250.jpg powerful_ocean | Allerton High School
    19 Mar 2020

    Personally I think the people that are homeless is a growing matter and none of them are getting help. I am not saying the NHS is not useful because it is an incredibly important service but I think it is not spread around the homeless community enough or they are not informed or maybe just don't feel they can use it.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School kind_dinosaur | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    23 Mar 2020

    Well, if someone got drunk what if they walked home fell over and grazed there elbow they would call a ambulance as they are drunk. Maybe there if the people in the ambulance could deny him/her getting in the ambulance. I think that is a good solution. Maybe if we put more staff into A&E from the wards then the people in A&E could get service more quickly instead of rising taxes. If we did rise taxes by £1 and put that money into the NHS thats £70,000,000 more thats a lot of beds. however people would NOT be happy with rising taxes. In my opinion i think we should let the people in the ambulance deny any people who can just put a plaster on there elbow to make it better.

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

    I think that we do rely on the NHS too much because.

    Firstly, if the NHS was shut down or went in to a crisis, the United Kingdom’s main healthcare business wouldn’t be there and we would have no back up plan. The NHS are nearing a crisis and need support but if this does happen, we need to stop relying on the NHS and create more healthcare services so if this unusual event occurs then our public healthcare system won’t be as hard to sort out as it would be now.

    Secondly, it puts a lot of pressure on the government in these struggling times and issues with the NHS. The government have already faced a lot of pressure with Brexit but they won’t want to have this pressure to become constant. It would make people think twice about becoming a politician and make the job harder than it is now. This issue needs to be sorted out in the near future so the public don’t get even more agitated and annoyed with bad decision making when they already have enough to worry about.

    On the other hand, the NHS is easily sustainable and a very powerful healthcare business and should be able to cope with people relying on them. They just need to be ran well. It is not the quantity of the money thrown at the problem, but the quality of the investment. People in the government and NHS need to think and help each over to make the best, most sustainable healthcare business that it could be.

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  • St-Barnabas-logo-250x250.jpg elated_parrot | St Barnabas C of E Primary School
    23 Mar 2020

    I think that we need to have the NHS to fall back on, but I also think we rely on it to much like you said.

    My mum once worked in a hospital and she would get frustrated regularly because people call 999 if they need an ambulance. In fact, 999 should only be called if the patient is in serious trouble and in danger. This could be something like a heart attack or cardiac arrest and they need to be rushed to hospital. 111 should be called if an ambulance is needed but not immediately. These situations include if you break a bone or if you are sick. People should really just go to bed early and let the body heal itself but people insist on going to the doctors.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School lovely_panda_bear | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    11 May 2020

    we relay on the NHS so much because they been helping us through this virus and people who have died

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