Does the NHS need more space or more staff?

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In the UK the NHS is the biggest employer and this is going up as more and more people join in response to the coronavirus out break across the world. So far the NHS roughly has 1.3 million staff, with around 150,000 doctors and 320,000 nurses and midwives. Lots of people have been joining up (roughly 400,000 in one day!) but do we need more beds and more space aswell as extra staff?

The number of beds that the NHS have has more than halfed in the last 30 years and while the treatment and medicine is advancing, the number of beds is decreasing. Some people believe that in the outbreak we could need 7.5x as many beds. In 2017 it was released that the NHS had 147,000 beds compared to 299,000 beds in 1987.

So the ratio between beds and staff is roughly 127,225:1.3 million. This is all the employees including people on desks. The NHS is doing an amazing job to protect us and are putting us all first in this crisis.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg fabulous_panda_bear | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    07 Apr 2020

    I think both there is a lot of reasons for this.
    I think space because of the corona virus everyone might be in the hospital and we are ment to stay 2 meters away from everyone plus if the NHS have more space they can try and get to everyone but if people are in the way the NHS will not be able to be seen. Also if there is more staff then hospitals will be not have a lot of room because there will be sick people and doctors and nurses all around and there will not be enough room.
    I think we might need more staff so everyone can be seen at once. Plus if we are sick we won’t to be able to get seen because there is people who sick we might not be able to decide who shall be seen first. I think it must be hard to look after people who are sick because someone could be choking or dying and you are looking after the one is chocking you will not be looking after the one who is dying so this is why I think that we should have more staff so the person who is dying or choking could be seen at the same time.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      fabulous_panda_bear's comment 07 Apr 2020

      Great reasons! Do you think your answer would be different if coronavirus wasn't a current problem?

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      1. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg fabulous_panda_bear | Birchwood C of E Primary School
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 09 Apr 2020

        No not really because if there is more space people could get around and if there is more doctors and nurses more and more sick people can be healed with the amount of people are to help them.

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