THE NHS NEEDS CHANGE.

BY VERSATILE MOLECULE AND GENUINE CAT

The NHS is one of the things which makes so many Britons be proud to live in this country. This was shown in the 2012 London Olympic Games in the extraordinary opening ceremony...But everything can improve, and the National Health Service is no exception. So, here is 4 changes we would make to the NHS:

CHANGE ONE: MORE BEDS!

We would add more beds to the NHS. Around 10 years ago there were 300,000 beds in the NHS, now there is half that number. This is all due to underinvestment, Boris Johnson is saying that by 2024 we will be spending 33.9 billion pounds per year on the NHS when Labour was in government, they spent approximately £76 billion on the NHS in 2005 and a bit of 2006, this is a lot more. The government needs to invest more in the NHS because:

Firstly, lack of beds means that waiting times in A&E are longer, this means that by the time a doctor sees a person they could be in a very bad state. For example, A boy who had pneumonia had to sleep on a pile of coats because there were not enough beds.

Secondly, lack of beds means that the staff is under increasing pressure to act and many people will start to complain, this means that the performance of the staff might reduce.

In conclusion, we think there should be more beds in the NHS.

CHANGE TWO: IMPROVE NOT START OVER!

Instead of putting huge amounts of the NHS’s funding into building new and ‘totally modern’ hospitals, our NHS priority should be to refurbish and improve existing hospitals. This should be the case because we cannot leave behind crowded and poorly built hospitals, to then build new hospitals and not think about the hundreds of hospitals around the UK which are not up for a refurbish and modernization, used by millions per year. Boris Johnson, PM, said that his government will spend thirteen billion on building 40 new hospitals, that is a lot of money. We could focus that kind of cash on making existing hospitals better, something which is very important to patients.

In conclusion, we should improve hospitals not spend lots of money on building new ones

CHANGE THREE: WE WOULD REDUCE THE NHS' S RELIANCE ON AGENCY STAFF [EXTERNALLY EMPLOYED STAFF]

We would do this because:

Firstly, the NHS must pay huge amounts to the companies that employ these externally employed staff. On average, since 2012, the NHS give 2.8 billion pounds per year to these companies, they have given exactly 16.9 billion pounds to the companies that employ externally employed staff. This money could be spent on getting more beds and refurbishing hospitals.

Secondly, the NHS does not have much power over how long an externally employed person must work at a hospital, only the company that employs a person can decide how long a person works in a hospital. This means that the person can stop working at the hospital if the company sees fit, lots of externally employed staff (agency staff) means that many staff can resign without the Hospitals consent. Due to this, the hospital will be under increasing pressure to recruit more staff to fill in for the resigned ones.

In conclusion, we would reduce the NHS’s reliance on externally employed staff.

BY VERSATILE MOLECULE AND GENUINE CAT

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