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.
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