The National Health Service – what positives could come from this pandemic?

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What is the NHS?

The NHS stands for the National Health Service. The UK is one of the only countries in the world to be lucky enough to have this phenomenal system.

The NHS started in 1948 as the Government believed that everyone should be able to get healthcare - no matter how much or little money they had -Newsround.

Before the NHS you had to pay every time, you needed healthcare e.g. a checkup or even if you had a broken leg etc. Now, under the NHS, every single person, young or old, rich or poor, can have treatment from the NHS.

Possible positive changes for the NHS because of Coronavirus

During this current pandemic (COVID-19) the NHS are under such strain. With 88,621 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, the NHS are having to work like never before to save lives. They are doing incredibly, and I personally believe they deserve a pay rise. This is something that I hope the Government will make happen as, for the service they provide, NHS staff are clearly under paid.

At the moment we are only allowed out when it is absolutely necessary, so a lot of people are not going to the doctors or Accident and Emergency (A&E) unnecessarily. People are thinking more carefully and worrying about the strain they will cause on the NHS. A&E is a lot less full at the moment because, like I said before, people aren't using it unnecessarily, they are being more sensible by deciding if it is really that urgent or whether they should just call 111 (the emergency doctor number). Going forward, it would be great if we could continue to use A&E as it is being used now.

Thank you for reading my post

loyal_ insect

Comments (4)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    15 Apr 2020

    Thanks for this interesting question, loyal_insect. I think many would agree that NHS staff should get more recognition, especially when things become closer to normal. Do you have any evidence that A&E is a lot less full?

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    1. global-conversation.png accomplished_chocolate | Achimota Basic School | Ghana
      Tom @ the BNC's comment 20 Apr 2020

      A&E is a lot less full because you can just call your doctor who will immediately come to your house.

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    2. Lyons Hall Primary School loyal_insect | Lyons Hall Primary School B
      Tom @ the BNC's comment 21 Apr 2020

      I read a news article from The Evening Standard titled “A&E admissions down a third amid virus lockdown but calls to NHS 111 more than double” and it explained that in March 2020, hospitals recorded 1.53 million A&E attendances which is 29% fewer than the 2.17 million attendances logged in March 2019. NHS England published figures that said the decrease was “likely to be a result of the Covid-19 response”- an indication that fewer people have gone to A&E departments because of the Coronavirus outbreak and lockdown. So, like I said in my post this does really look like that people used to go to A&E for the smallest of things and now are only going if necessary which goes to show how many people genuinely need immediate help.


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  • global-conversation.png lovable_agency | Rev Father Lemmens Basic School | Ghana
    20 Apr 2020

    NHS are doing their best and they should be congratulated because their work comes with challenges e.g when some drugs they have to use get finished they will have to go through many challenges thank you.

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