Is the NHS worth fighting for?

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In our BNC session last week, we found out that the NHS is one of the top things that make people proud to be British. We have all had a lot of positive experiences with using the NHS, however it is also facing a lot of financial difficulties recently and it made us wonder: is the NHS worth fighting for? Surely there must be other alternatives worth looking at that are both more efficient and less costly.

When we first asked this question, we immediately thought about private healthcare similar to the system that they have in the US. In the US, there is no NHS so if someone gets ill it is likely that they will have to pay for their own treatment. The government does, however, fund two healthcare plans aimed at the elderly, disabled, poor and the very young. In addition, many Americans have healthcare paid for by their employer as an additional benefit. However, there are 46 million people across the US who do not have any sort of health insurance and 62% of all bankruptcies are caused by high healthcare costs. This is obviously not a desirable situation to be in and not something that anyone would want for the UK.

However, there are other alternatives to the NHS that are very successful, for example the public insurance model that is used in France and Australia. In fact, France’s healthcare system has been ranked as the best healthcare system in the world by the World Health Organisation. The healthcare system in France is made up of a network of public hospitals, private hospitals and other medical service providers. It is a universal service providing health care for everyone, regardless of wealth, age or social status. It is partly funded by the government and partly by users who have to pay a small fraction of the costs. The benefits of this system are the ease of getting an appointment, readily available alternative options such as homeopathic medicine and the cost (which is much cheaper than you would imagine). Like all healthcare systems, there are some cons but these seem to fade into insignificance when compared to the pros. To us, this sounds like it could be a pretty viable alternative to the NHS.

We also looked at a social insurance model of healthcare such as the one used in Switzerland. Healthcare here is universal and, although there are no free state-provided health service, private health insurance is compulsory. Switzerland has an extensive network of doctors and clean, well-equipped hospitals and clinics; waiting lists for treatment are short; patients are free to choose their own doctor and usually have unlimited access to specialists; accident and emergency rooms are rarely overwhelmed. Surveys have shown that 90% of patients are satisfied with the service they receive. Again, this seems like another possible alternative to the NHS.

According to the statistics we have looked at, the NHS consistently underachieves and underperforms. We were also shocked to find out that, in 2018-2019, £155 billion was spent on the NHS (much of this paid for in taxes). So why should we save something that is expensive and doesn't always work? Just because people say it makes them proud? Personally, we think it's at least worth looking at other options...

What do you think? Do you think the NHS is worth saving? And if so, why? What does it have that other systems don’t have? Or is there an alternative system that we haven't thought of?

References

https://iea.org.uk/blog/the-nhs-is-not-worth-defending

https://www.swisslife.com/en/home/media/media-releases/news-archiv/the_swiss_healthcare.html

https://www.renestance.com/blog/pros-cons-french-healthcare-system/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/10067521/how-does-us-healthcare-work

Comments (77)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    02 Mar 2020

    Thank you for bringing our attention to alternative ways of caring for people's health. Great research!

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  • Hammond School logo enchanted_gooseberry | Hammond Junior School F
    02 Mar 2020

    Great information by the way brilliant_ blackberry and wonderful_ iceberg ,

    I do think that the NHS is worth fighting for because they treat us and make us better and without them people might be dying left, right and center.
    The NHS does so much for us .But some people just say I don't care .
    It is really rude to not help them they have helped us so much and if they didn't you might of died.

    Thanks for reading ,
    enchanted_ gooseberry.

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    1. Ormiston Sudbury Academy openminded_llama | Ormiston Sudbury Academy
      enchanted_gooseberry's comment 03 Mar 2020

      I agree that some people don't care and I think that they should because there health and possibly health could even be at stake I think that these people are crazy!!

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    2. Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg persistent_effort | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
      enchanted_gooseberry's comment 03 Mar 2020

      It's not just rude to not help people out there it's pitiless!

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      1. Halsnead logo analytical_bee | Halsnead Primary School
        persistent_effort's comment 16 Mar 2020

        That's not very nice if you were sick someone would help you !!!!

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    3. Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_whale | Portobello High School
      enchanted_gooseberry's comment 23 Mar 2020

      i agree! i do think we should fight for the NHS because some people may not be fortunate enough to have lots of money and would rely on this service if they need help. if we didn’t have the NHS the population would probably go down, also we’re very proud of the NHS and it would be a massive achievement if we could keep it going

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  • White Hall Academy enlightened_panther | White Hall Academy C
    03 Mar 2020

    I think this is an amazing post since it gives a good idea of the argument. My opinion is the NHS is worth fighting for because
    1:it’s free
    2:million’s of people use it each day and people wouldn’t last without it since it helps them when someone is ill or even going to the doctors. Therefore we need to fight as much as possible for the NHS.As I said at the start this post is absolutely AMAZING🤯

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

    In my opinion the NHS is worth fighting for as they are the reason most of us are alive today. They have probably done a lot for our ancestors, grandparents and parents. The reason the NHS is worth fighting for is because of the things they do for the country. If we did not fight for the NHS it can go into the wrong hands and could be overtaken or violated by the people who own the company. The NHS is the reason we can donate blood or our eyesight and if we did not have the NHS, people who are blind today or just do not have enough blood can be donated by there relatives or someone that they are close to. As the Corona Virus spreads we cannot come up with a vaccination if we do not have the NHS and if we want to prevent this from happening the NHS needs more money and equipment to make sure that the Corona Virus does not spread and for this to happen we need to fight for it.

    This is why I think that the NHS is worth fighting for.

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  • Hammond School logo receptive_road | Hammond Junior School E
    03 Mar 2020

    I think the NHS is worth saving because the NHS save thousands of familys and lives.Normally,people who go to the NHS actually survive and live for a long amount of time before they die.Health is one of the most important things in the world alongside many other things and you only have one life, you don't have a second life.

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

    I disagree brillant_blackberry, I think the NHS is worth fighting for because they are saving lives and working hard to help us when we are injured or unwell.This is one of the hardest jobs and takes a lot of training to do it, meaning it takes a lot of money. Adding to my point, the equitment they need expensive to meaning it cost a lot of money. If we did not have the NHS, we would not be able to save our population.To conclude, I think that the NHS is worth fighting for.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg rational_fish | Graveney School
    04 Mar 2020

    The NHS has saved many lives and you say that some alternatives in France and Australia are worth following in Britain because does not matter what social status race or age you are but this is exactly what the NHS does for us .I can see the positives of this plan however we are already doing it in the UK .With multiple private hospitals already existing.

    In short, this solution does work but we are already doing it.

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

    I think that the NHS is worth fighting for.Here are my reasons why.
    My first reason is that we have had the NHS being part of our community saving millions of lives each day since 1948 which is around 72 years ago.If we get rid of our National Health Service people would not be treated and with having them so long it would feel wrong to just basically throw it out of our community.Another reason that the NHS is worth fighting for is that they save millions of lives.Peoples lives matter and without them humans can die and no one could be left because no one is taking care of anybody.My final reason is that the NHS work tirelessly day and night not stopping to treat people.And letting them go would not only make them sad but it would also make the community sad

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  • Hillyfield School logo triumphant_performance | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    05 Mar 2020

    I think that the NHS is worth fighting for because what would happen if you had a heart disease, who would be able to make you better if the NHS weren't here? The NHS give up their nights and days to look after us. They could be doing something else but they want to help you.

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg unparalleled_writer | Streatham Wells Primary School
    05 Mar 2020

    I think that the NHS is worth fighting for because it helps anyone with their healthcare.

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  • Preston Manor School valuable_personality | Preston Manor School
    06 Mar 2020

    Personally I believe that fighting for the nhs is worth it.I say this because it allows people who may not be able to afford private healthcare have the same healthy future that other people do.If for example we have a 7 year old child fighting for her life in hospital the NHS should be able to help her the better and live the life she deserves.This is probably what make Britain proud of the NHS as we are able to help people when they need it the most.

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

    You have made me think differently about the NHS I used to be overly proud of the NHS but the treatments is expensive and my friend got braces done by the NHS and her gums got infected and she had to go to HOSPITAL!!!! Which is not fun if you think about and she had to take medicine so the NHS does not always help us sometimes it can hurt you
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    wonderful_skill

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

    Yes because if we do not have the NHS then so many people will die or be in serious pain. Also now with the Coronavirus if people get it the NHS will need to confirm it and then give them treatment but if we do not safe the NHS then the virus will have a huge effect on all our lifes. This is not even mentioning all the other departments the NHS represents such as dentists,options and doctor surgery. If we do not safe the NHS then our country will be in huge trouble as the NHS helps all people rich and the homeless as it is there for everyone and not just the rich.

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

    I personally think we should fight for the NHS only if people are willing to pay more for disuses like the corona viruses witch some people think is a tester for the NHS for what they are going to do for more modern disuses because only 20% of the governments money goes to the NHS and 12% go to school there is only a 8% different between health care and school is this enough or should this be more money to the NHS.

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  • Halsnead logo courageous_impression | Halsnead Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    Yes because we need them with out them wed be poor.

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  • Halsnead logo courageous_painting | Halsnead Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I think that we should fight for the NHS because like corona viruses are coming so we need to have treatment

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  • Halsnead logo flourished_spring | Halsnead Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I think that we should save the NHS because what about people in need can suffer because if we don't have any hospitals or clinics people could die

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg witty_banana | Noel Park Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    In my opinion, the NHS is worth fighting for because even though other countries have better hospitals than us,it doesn’t mean that we should not fight for the NHS. I think that we should be proud of the NHS no matter what just like in a race.Even if you are not first, you should be proud of what you achieved. I want to tell everyone that no one should ever give up on their dreams even though you may not achieve your goals. Another reason we should carry on fighting for the NHS is because some places do not have free treatment. Therefore we are lucky enough to have the NHS standing proudly in England. Also, the NHS have saved millions of lives and are coping with lack of doctors and nurse. As you may know that the coronavirus is here in England right know and think of how hard they are to save the people from dying. If we had no NHS people may not afford their treatment and sadly, die. Think about all the things the NHS has been through. Imagine what the doctors/nurses will think if the NHS shuts down and think about how the people will feel helping all us people to end up having the NHS shut down. What have they done to the NHS to let it shut down?

    If it did shut down, think of all the people suffering and dying. Would you like to know that you are going to die soon and told they cannot pay for your treatment. Many people are suffering from obesity and think how painful it would be? How would you feel having an asthma attack surrounded with people that do not know how to help you? How scared would you be thinking that you may die any moment? People may be scared if they are sick and many people rely on the NHS for treatment and advice. What would we do without the NHS?

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I think the NHS is worth fighting for because we have poured so much money, time and effort into it that it would be a waste to just get rid of it. Even though the NHS is facing some financial problems currently, this has happened before (admittedly not to this extent, however) where the NHS doesn’t have enough money to fund it. In all the years it’s been around, we have paid billions (potentially trillions) to help the NHS’ cause, and to create a new system is like having a friend you have spent so much time with, and then suddenly you never see them again; it can feel like all the time you’ve spent is a waste and it was all pointless. If we were to make a new system, it would probably cost trillions of pounds and there is no real need to make it because, with a few billion pounds worth of tweaks and corrections (an amount seeming like a lot, but when compared to how much the new system would cost, and how much money the government has, isn’t actually that much), the NHS could easily become better than the new system would be. I know this contradicts what you said, but people need to be proud of our country otherwise they won’t agree with it and won’t be happy with it. Think now; if there was something about our hospitals that was a huge problem, for example if you were poor and it was a healthcare system where you had to pay, you wouldn’t not stand up to it. You could gather people with similar beliefs and start unharmful protesting. Similarly, you could make/sign a petition to make the new law abolished, and go to Parliament to show the signatures. There could be a debate where MPs decide whether they should reconsider the law they agreed for; reinstating and making legal again the law. Contrastingly, they could have a debate and your idea is not liked and they keep the current law. After that has happened, you know that you’ve tried and that you can’t get upset because people have heard you; completing your free speech right. This connects to the idea of your post because you can do all of this if you don’t agree with the decision made to our hospitals and the NHS, and if your belief is applied to our regular life I would certainly do some of the previously mentioned protesting acts. I would make or sign a petition (probably sign as if I made one I wouldn’t have many people to sign it considering I don’t know that many people who would sign it) and then I get my views across to the powerful people who can have a big impact. Even though your name would be unknown, signing a petition is a very good way to make your views known, as getting them known with no help is very hard, unless you are a MP, or better, the Prime Minister (PM). If, say, a million people sign a particular petition, then politicians might think about having a general election; seeing if 50% or more people actually want it for the country. Joining a group with similar beliefs as you is more effective than going alone as people will look at groups more than they will look at an individual. You can form one big union, and become friends with people you would have never met otherwise. So there are other benefits with joining a group rather than just easily making your views and opinions heard.

    I know nobody will read all of this comment as it is really lengthy; but if you read a small chunk you can just comment on the impression you are getting from that. Just comment on one particular idea that I am talking about, like the benefits of joining a group and becoming united, or that we don’t really need a new system like the NHS, because with some changes the NHS could become as good as the new system would be.

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

      It's interesting that you comment on your own comment's length, succinct_leaves. Is there a way you could summarise your whole first paragraph in a conclusion?

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

    I think it is worth fighting for because with out the NHS some peoples lives could be gone. It is the doctors and the Nurses job to protect are lives and heal us if we are sick. Also if we help to protect people are lives and other peoples lives will be happy but there will be people who are sick and still suffering . If we try and help the doctors and the nurses they will be happy that we put effort into what we have done and making sure that everyone's live stay healthy. With out the NHS more and more people will be gone and with out the NHS it could bring harm to people who are sick because they will not be getting better because they are already sick and we do not want that to happen to us when we are sick or a loving member in are family . This also can bring harm because people will have no NHS or even clinics to help us get better.

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    1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg involved_watermelon | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
      fabulous_panda_bear's comment 10 Mar 2020

      i agree with you this is a very thoughtful comment and i learnt a lot

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  • Hammond School logo awesome_vegetable | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Mar 2020

    I disagree brilliant_blackberry we should fight for the NHS. Firstly, the NHS helps save us whatever mess we are in and this is one of the most important jobs. If we do not have them helping us daily, then our lives could be at stake. If we get rid of the NHS, who will help us?Even though the NHS is facing money issues, they help us stay heathy and happy do we really want that taken away? To add to my point, there is not another alternative that is a more affordable Heath service than the NHS, meaning not many people would be able to afford the other alternative. To conclude, I think the NHS is worth fighting for as the NHS is the most affordable Heath service and not many people would be able to afford private healthcare.
    Thank you for reading!
    awesome_vegetable.

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

    Yes i think the NHS is worth fighting for because even though people have died from it and people have it we still need to have faith in the NHS and believe they can maybe find a cure for it

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    1. Halsnead logo honorable_ocean | Halsnead Primary School
      involved_watermelon's comment 16 Mar 2020

      YES BECAUSE WE CAN NOT SAVE EVRY BODY BUT WE CAN STILL TRY

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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg artistic_imagination | Bruntcliffe Academy
    12 Mar 2020

    The NHS is worth saving because it gives people the chance to have the health care they need all for free. We know this because it gives people the chance if they are poor or in desperate need of health care they can go to hospital for free. This shows that the NHS is worth fighting for.

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

    the nhs is failing so badle that it need to be shout down and make a now comepare

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    1. Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
      energetic_aspect's comment 02 Apr 2020

      I'm sorry, but i really disagree with you because the NHS is the best health care company out there and they are not failing badly, and actually, its really quite sad to see that some children think that our BEST HOSPITAL COMPANY should just close down because they think that they are doing badly, which there not.

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

    I agree because the corona virus is attacking so we need to act fast to making a cure so we don't get sick🤢🤮🤧and wear a mask😷it is really important

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

    be careful and stay safe👈😀✌

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

    Im being open minded i see why you said should we fight for NHS but say if someone had to go hospital for an emergency no-one would be able to treat them because no-one stood up for them.

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  • Firth Park Academy tough_ant | Firth Park Academy
    12 Mar 2020

    The NHS is worth fighting for because it is free nationwide and it is an important part of many ill people lives. This is because its free and many people who cant afford private healthcare depend on the NHS. This shows that the NHS is worth fighting for because if it was taken away thousands of unfortunate people will die. This is why is why we should fight for the NHS.

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  • Firth Park Academy diligent_mango | Firth Park Academy
    12 Mar 2020

    The NHS is definitely worth saving because it provides everyone with free health care no matter a patients financial state or background therefore it has really benefited the country and to back up this statement in the Olympics England showcased the NHS when it started in 1948 just showing the world how much the citizens of England love the National health service

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  • Firth Park Academy genius_personality | Firth Park Academy
    12 Mar 2020

    NHS is worth saving. I believe this because many suffer from health proplems which are live threating. For example people who have cancer or diebetes can have free health care to people who will be there more than once. Also it doesn't matter about the your finacial state so even if your in poverty or wealth you can still use the NHS. Its also something that this country is proud of us. It some thing that can repesent are country and even shows will have the financial abilitys and know how to control something like this.

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

    I do think that the NHS is worth fighting for as it saves many lives. If we were to not really care then if and when we get ill then we would realise how much we need it. Some people can't afford treatment so if the NHS were to go then they would not be able to afford the treatment they need.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg best_raspberry | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    13 Mar 2020

    My opinion on this topic is that we should fight for the NHS as it has saved many lives from various different colds or flu's as well as this, I have to say the NHS has been running for a while now and without it life would not be the same. Also, NHS is helpful for people with not enough money to purchase vaccines and medical help. This can really effect people with health problems such as elderly as they have a lot of medical needs and people cannot afford it. Even though they have family that can help but they might not be able to afford this as well, as I have previously mentioned in another comment of mine the cost for some elderly health care it is £90 or over. It is very important that we have the NHS so we are able to know if we hurt ourselves it won't effect our money.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      best_raspberry's comment 13 Mar 2020

      Well done for speaking up for people who can be most affected by illnesses.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg shy_desert | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    13 Mar 2020

    It is worth fighting because imagine if you were poor,had no money and you were ill and you need help just go to the NHS because you would be treated lovely and you would be cared for....but the amazing thing is YOU GET TO GO THERE FOR FREEEEEE!!!!!!!!!So you would be happy and treated right and those are my reasons so please camment''We need the NHS''👍👍😊😊👍👍😊😊

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    13 Mar 2020

    I think not having the NHS would be disaster, because it saves many lives daily and without it we wouldn't know what to do about our health. Without the right advice, we could be lead to believe that unhealthy food is actually good for you (when it obviously isn't) and that our health condition isn't that bad, when it could be. Some people have suggested making a new system so all the problems about the NHS aren't present any more in the new one; I think to do that is a waste. This is because to create and plan what a new system would be like would be very hard and it would cost a lot of money when you consider all the different aspects required to make it. Boris Johnson has apologised to all the families who have had a bad experience with the NHS, and says the government are trying to get things under control including long waiting times, under-paid doctors/nurses, and tired workers treating you. But there is mounting pressure for the government to act quickly and well, because if they don't the NHS could be sent into chaos and nobody would use it. Boris Johnson's responsibility as Prime Minister is to repair any damage caused from past experiences, and to keep things thriving - like the NHS.

    Also, 77% of UK citizens think we should keep the NHS in its current form, and as Prime Minister you need to listen to the public's views and what they think, as it is their country that is changing so it is only fair. If we do get rid of the NHS, not only will people not be able to cope with the rising costs, they will feel cheated because they expressed their opinion and they are not being listened to. The country will go into uproar as they are being denied one of their human rights: Freedom of Speech. What is the point in having votes and elections if we are not going to be listened to? Surely we are better of not having these things because, in this case, they are completely unnecessary.

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

    I think the NHS is our free health care, it is something that makes us proud to be British. It may not be perfect but nothing is, without the NHS we would have people dying everywhere in the UK. They work miracles, they are part of us, a very important part of us and we need to become a part of them and save the NHS.

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    15 Mar 2020

    Oops, the comment above was meant to be copy and pasted into a different post! Please can you not approve it on this post, rather on the post, Can we not afford to have the NHS? I didn't write the comment immediately into the comment box, so that is why this has happened. I also think it would be best if you deleted this comment after you have read and understood it, as it doesn't relate to the question being asked in this post. I hope you've understood what I am trying to say, therefore only publishing the one on the other post.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg inspiring_penguin | Graveney School
    16 Mar 2020

    In the uk, 2019, over 11.1 million people were recorded to be of relative low income. That's more than 700k more than the previous year. With this many people potentially struggling to afford groceries or rent paying more money when they need medical assistance would be horrible to think about. This could also cause people refusing treatment when they are fatally ill therefore more issues across the country. In addition only the minority of funding actually comes from the government (the majority coming from taxes) so the government has the power to reduce national health taxes and spend more of their money to help it. It has been speculated that some MPs are spending their money they are meant to spend on their constituencies on supplies such as nappies and bread so surely that money would be far better spent on our NHS. For this reason I think the NHS is 100% worth fighting for.

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

    we shall fight and succeed and fight for the NHS if we dont fight for the nhs then we can't fight for ourselves the nhs keep us alive if we didn't have the NHS millions of us would die as they keep us alive if they died we will we have no one to cure us or take care of us we need to fight and succeed for the NHS the british institution

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

    Yes I believe the NHS is worth fighting for because it saves I’ve 10 million people every year and is helping kill the Coronavirus and other deadly viruses 🦠

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    1. Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
      meticulous_octopus's comment 01 Apr 2020

      why does the virus emoji look like a jelly bean?

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      1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg meticulous_octopus | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
        decisive_spring's comment 02 Apr 2020

        I don't know but I really don't think that that comment was relevant

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg shy_avocado | Evelyn Street Primary School C
    18 Mar 2020

    This is really good brilliant_blackberry and wonderful_iceberg. I really think that the NHS is worth fighting because that is our hospital.It has saved millions of lives. Good work!

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg affable_fact | Evelyn Street Primary School C
    18 Mar 2020

    i think we should help the NHS and we need to help it get better funds so they can help more people with injuries and illnesses . (help your local health services )

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

    Yes, the NHS is worth fighting for.

    We use the NHS all the time and we rely on it very much. We have been using the NHS for a long time and it is the string that holds us together here in the UK. It helps battle diseases and makes the UK a safe place to live. But it is not that easy. We need to fight for our country, for the safety of the NHS; ready to save us at any downfall.

    The NHS is needed as many people in the UK receive low income. This means that they struggle to afford food as well as paying rent. This means that many UK citizens cannot afford to pay for healthcare, especially people in poverty. Many would die if we did not have an NHS. However, the NHS is running out of money and cannot afford to care for so many million people. We need to fight to keep our country in a good state and not leave it in a bad one.

    However, we must all remember that the NHS is a treat that no other country's have, so we need to look after it. Fight for it. Protect it.

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

    Yes it is worth fighting for. The NHS does so much for us and saves lives everyday. Without the NHS we would be in trouble especially in the time we are struggling and are fearful about this Coronavirus. I don,t know what we would do without the NHS. They are always working so hard and always trying their hardest to make peoples lives better.

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

    Is the NHS worth fighting for?
    Free healthcare sounds great right?
    But we pay tax that tax gose to the government and a portion of that tax is spent on the NHS which is were we get our so called free healthcare. So in the grand scheme of things tax adds up from a small amout of your salary to 50%. So is it worth the tax we spend or are we better off just paying for healthcare when we need it. On the other hand some people may argue that tax money is spent on lots of things and not all of the money is spent on just one thing. So is tax cheaper than paying for lets say a broken leg. Maybe the question we should be asking is. Is the NHS worth it.

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

    of course it is.the caring staff of NHS work so hard providing and saving people.They are real life superheros Our population would have decreased so much if not for them.

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  • precious_imagination | Whyteleafe School B
    24 Mar 2020

    Yes , The NHS staff are working hard to help stop this virus . We need them to save lives and there providing help to our Health Organisation .

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

    In my opinion yes because they do a lot for us and if we get sick then they will do the best they can to help us. They also save lives that if you are not a doctor you probably cant do. The NHS give us all the medicine we need to get better. Now the corona virus is going around they have got a lot of pressure on them to get them the best they can. We should appreciate what the NHS do for all of us because if we get sick they will help us through it.

    They are doing the best they can to stop the virus.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      fearless_crab's comment 25 Mar 2020

      Thank you for speaking up for the NHS! You're right, they are doing the best they can and the efforts of NHS staff is nothing short of heroic at a time when challenges are so high.

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

    I think the NHS is worth fighting for because we have poured so much money, time and effort into it that it would be a waste to just get rid of it. Even though the NHS is facing some financial problems currently, this has happened before (admittedly not to this extent, however) where the NHS doesn’t have enough money to fund it. In all the years it’s been around, we have paid billions (potentially trillions) to help the NHS’ cause, and to create a new system is like having a friend you have spent so much time with, and then suddenly you never see them again; it can feel like all the time you’ve spent is a waste and it was all pointless. If we were to make a new system, it would probably cost trillions of pounds and there is no real need to make it because, with a few billion pounds worth of tweaks and corrections (an amount seeming like a lot, but when compared to how much the new system would cost, and how much money the government has, isn’t actually that much), the NHS could easily become better than the new system would be. I know this contradicts what you said, but people need to be proud of our country otherwise they won’t agree with it and won’t be happy with it. Think now; if there was something about our hospitals that was a huge problem, for example if you were poor and it was a healthcare system where you had to pay, you wouldn’t not stand up to it. You could gather people with similar beliefs and start unharmful protesting. Similarly, you could make/sign a petition to make the new law abolished, and go to Parliament to show the signatures. There could be a debate where MPs decide whether they should reconsider the law they agreed for; reinstating and making legal again the law. Contrastingly, they could have a debate and your idea is not liked and they keep the current law. After that has happened, you know that you’ve tried and that you can’t get upset because people have heard you; completing your free speech right. This connects to the idea of your post because you can do all of this if you don’t agree with the decision made to our hospitals and the NHS, and if your belief is applied to our regular life I would certainly do some of the previously mentioned protesting acts. I would make or sign a petition (probably sign as if I made one I wouldn’t have many people to sign it considering I don’t know that many people who would sign it) and then I get my views across to the powerful people who can have a big impact. Even though your name would be unknown, signing a petition is a very good way to make your views known, as getting them known with no help is very hard, unless you are a MP, or better, the Prime Minister (PM). If, say, a million people sign a particular petition, then politicians might think about having a general election; seeing if 50% or more people actually want it for the country. Joining a group with similar beliefs as you is more effective than going alone as people will look at groups more than they will look at an individual. You can form one big union, and become friends with people you would have never met otherwise. So there are other benefits with joining a group rather than just easily making your views and opinions heard.

    I know nobody will read all of this comment as it is really lengthy; but if you read a small chunk you can just comment on the impression you are getting from that. Just comment on one particular idea that I am talking about, like the benefits of joining a group and becoming united, or that we don’t really need a new system like the NHS, because with some changes the NHS could become as good as the new system would be.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      decisive_spring's comment 26 Mar 2020

      Well done - lots of ideas here and I can see you understand how to have your voice heard (good use of the "speaking-up" skill). I liked the metaphor you used to describe the NHS like an old friend. If you haven't already, have a go at writing your Final Piece for this Issue.

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    2. Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
      decisive_spring's comment 09 Apr 2020

      DELETE MY POST PLEASE!!!! I DON'T WANT THAT STAR SO TAKE MY POST DOWN PLEASE!!! I WILL DO ANYTHING TO MAKE YOU TAKE MY POST DOWN!!!!!!

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      1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
        decisive_spring's comment 09 Apr 2020

        Unfortunately, when you post something on the Hub (especially good work like this) it cannot be deleted. Make sure you always think carefully before posting or commenting, as things on the internet can't be erased easily.

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        1. Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
          Olivia @ the BNC's comment 09 Apr 2020

          it is just because i asked tom if you can get rid of comments that you do you just need to ask and say which one so i hoped you could get that one taken down

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          1. tom Tom @ the BNC
            decisive_spring's comment 10 Apr 2020

            We can help if you have just pressed 'enter' too quickly, or posted something twice by mistake. I'm interested to know why you wanted this good work taken down, decisive_spring?

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            1. Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
              Tom @ the BNC's comment 10 Apr 2020

              I made a mistake... I don't really want it taken down now...

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School reliable_fig | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    26 Mar 2020

    The NHS are doing all they can to see patients in desperate need of their help, but is the NHS worth fighting for? Some people might think that the NHS is not worth fighting for because you can always go to a private hospital (if you have enough money, or healthcare insurance). On the other hand, other people might think that the NHS is worth fighting for because we pay national insurance to have the NHS if and when we need it. If we lost the NHS there would still be other hospitals we could use but we would have to pay a lot more money to be able to go there. In conclusion, having looked at both sides of the argument, I would DEFINITELY choose to fight for the NHS because we are VERY lucky to have it because other countries don't. In America you even have to pay for an ambulance (which is hundreds of dollars) and we don't pay anything, so think yourselves lucky. With the Corona virus going around I feel very safe because the NHS is around.
    thanks for reading,
    reliable_fig

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

    thinking about the title i do believe that the NHS is worth fighting for because what would we do without them? If we didnt have our wonderful NHS we could all be sick and ill, if anything the NHS is the best thing we have

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_crab | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    14 Apr 2020

    You also should apricate the NHS because if you worked In the NHS you would probably want people to take notice of you and they are doing the best they can

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg quirky_apple | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    12 Nov 2020

    the NHS is really good for ill people but when covid 19 came out , it became an issue. Without NHS , we wouldn't survive. In fact 30 0/o will die without NHS

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      quirky_apple's comment 12 Nov 2020

      Can you tell us where you found that statistic?

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