In a collaboration like this private hospitals would share beds with the NHS, free of charge, and lend the NHS money.
We think a collaboration like this would be a good idea because,
Firstly, the NHS is facing many financial issues, this is because of the growing population and how the government has underspent on the NHS, in 2005 the government spent 24 billion on the NHS, the new government is promising more but if you add inflation to the equasion that 34 billion is decreased and with the virus situation and the growing pressure on the NHS, that figure is not sufficient. The private healthcare sector is not under financial difficulty, many private trusts could collaberate as well to gather enough money to give to the NHS, the NHS would, in return, give the participating hopitals resources that the NHS are not short off.
Secondly, the NHS is very short of beds, ten years ago, they had 300,000 beds and now that number has decreased by half to 150,000 ; this has resulted in very long waiting times in A&E. A boy had to sleep on a pile of coats in A&E when he had pneumonia, this has to stop. The private sector could allow NHS patients to use private hospital beds without having to pay, this would, in turn, reduce waiting times and reduce strain on the NHS.
In conclusion, we think a collaboration between the NHS and the private healthcare sector, would be beneficial because it would relieve strain on the NHS in multiple areas.