Missed session four of the heath care Issue?

Have you missed session four because of school closures?

Never fear! Here is the main activity. It's not quite like being in the classroom with your friends, but it's a great opportunity to share your thoughts with the wider Burnet News Club. If you have someone else at home to discuss the questions with, please do!

We can't wait to see your comments underneath this post.

Activity 1

In this activity, you'll need to make some judgements about the different options that could help the NHS. Afterwards, head the comments section.

Challenge activity

We've made judgements based on speed, cost, impact etc. What else could we ask to help assess these options?

Comments (6)

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg compassionate_seal | Upton Cross Primary School
    24 Mar 2020

    I think that promoting healthier choices would be the cheapest because that we can do ourselves we don't need a docter to help us with it and you don't need to pay such as privatise you need to pay to get private companies to take over part of the NHS and modernise is useful but you need money to get tools to fix the systems.Another thing is that it has a positive effect on public because if you don't take healthier options you will be in bed or in hospital but if you do you can communicate more and hang out with your family and friends.If we promote healthy choices then it will have more higher chances of working then modernise and privatise since what if when we try to fix the systems and it doesn't work?Privatising might not work a lot because if a lot of people use it,it will be very busy and some people may not even get checked.

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

      You've connected the need for making healthoer choices with consequences for other areas of the NHS, compassionate_seal. How easy would it be to help the country make healthier choices?

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

    I think promoting healthy choices would be the most effective. I think this because if the NHS promotes healthy choices then many people might listen and so therefore there would be less patients. For example: Cancer can be caused by obesity and if less people eat unhealthily then there would be less patients and so therefore less strain would be put on the NHS, this in turn will reduce the need to privatise some parts of the NHS, in addition to this, less patients means that the NHS has more time to modernise. The NHS is short of 100,000 staff, if the NHS promotes healthier choices then less people will be ill and then the NHS might be short of less staff as a result of less patients.
    However, if the NHS promotes healthier choices then less people might buy alcohol and unhealthy food. From one perspective this is good because then, as I said, less strain will be put on the NHS but if people buy less of these products then companies that sell these products might raise the price of their healthy products to make up for their losses when it comes to unhealthy foods and drinks. This means that less people will have the money to get healthy foods and drinks and so as a result their might be more people who need to go to hospital. I disagree with you compassionate_seal because to promote healthy choices the NHS might have to pay companies to promote healthy choices via posters, emails etc so promoting healthy choices might be expensive. But you do make a point about how promoting healthy choices means that more people will take healthier options which means that those people can have fun instead of being in hospital because a person's mental well-being will increase if they are socialising with their family, this could be a key point when it comes to trying to promote healthy choices because most people want to be having fun instead of being in hospital. I think that while much modernising is needed across the NHS. For example: I learnt in one of the previous BNC sessions that NHS staff have to log into up to 15 systems to do certain things like access patient records; it would also temporarily reduce productivity in the NHS as software and things like that will probably have to be changed, this means that staff might not be able to do certain things on the computers for a while, however, I understand this is a weaker point so I will provide another point. Modernising hospitals costs a lot, to modernise a few hospitals it would cost billions, this money could go to relieving strain on A&E. Promoting healthy choices might mean that there might be lots of lies on social media about what the NHS is saying and so therefore some people might think that they should make unhealthy choices. In conclusion, although there are some down sides, I think promoting healthy choices would be the most effective because it would relieve strain on the NHS.

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

      Thank you for putting your opinion forward, versatile_molecule. Could you find any other statistics that helps support your argument?

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

    In my opinion, promoting healthy choices would be the easiest thing to do. I say this because due to the Coronavirus, most junk food shops are closed, giving healthier foods the advantage to thrive over the human population. This would encourage unhealthier dieted people to turn healthy. In addition to my point made, to find a vaccine for coronavirus is to take approximately 18 months, so by that time the person would be used to eating healthy foods. Promoting healthy choices would be the easiest thing to do as it would be the cheaper way of battling your addictions. Rehab normally costs £4-6000. The fact that the NHS is free will catch the attention of people who have an addiction to alcohol or drugs. Promoting healthy choices would be the easiest because people with unhealthy lifestyles, who have to pay more towards the NHS would be interested as their money towards the NHS will diminish if they are healthy, persuading them that being healthy is good and not making the NHS spend more money and time on interventions to try and convince them. Promoting healthy choices is the easiest because if someone was to be a heavy smoker, there would be a warning and consequence label on the front, telling the user what smoking can do to you. Instead of spending thousands of pounds on shock therapy, the warning label already gives that to the person, which would encourage them not to smoke and the NHS does not have to do anything! In addition to my point made, only necessities are being sold at the moment and are due to go on for 18 months minimum, meaning with the label and the break from smoking, it may convince the person to not go back into that horrible habit again. Promoting healthy choices would be the easiest because it would not cost huge amounts of money for the NHS. Due to the Coronavirus, going out is very limited and there are many fitness apps and workouts to do at home whereas modernising and privatising would consist of going out. In addition to my point made, to avoid health problems, you'd need to be fit and healthy, which on some occasions you could even grow in your garden, whereas modernising would take time and money to install and de-attach all of the machinery and privatising would mean that the private part of NHS would charge gallons of money towards the customer! In conclusion, I think that promoting healthy choices would be the easiest thing to do as is healthy, quick and very easy!

    Thank you for reading.

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

    I am strongly agree on promote healthy choices because it is the most simples thing to do with no need of doctors and nurses . So that the doctors have more time to help people that are more desperate .

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