In class we have started a discussion about the NHS. We debated the importance of three elements within the NHS,cost,health and IT. In this post,I will be debating which topic I think is more vital. I will argue least important to most.
The topic I feel is least important is cost. The NHS spent £129 billion in 2019. This figure is expected to rise to nearly £134 billion by the end of 2020. In modern medicine, the first solution to an illness is pharmaceuticals. It seems that other alternatives such as therapy or education get pushed aside. The disadvantage to medicines is the lack of certainty of success and the ongoing commitment to the patient and the NHS. Patients may be perscribed medication whils waiting for surgery and so waiting lists for surgery could cause massive costs to the NHS. An aspect of admittance within the NHS is bed allocation. Upon discharge, it could be that they are released from the hospital to early. Which could result in them being readmitted which is a further cost for the NHS that could have been avoided, if the need to clear beds wasn't of up most importance.
The next topic I am going to discuss is IT. Modern society is very reliant on IT. The ease of access to patients imformation is a significantadvantage to the NHS. It allows medical professionals to uderstand a patients history, such as previous medicines given, any allergies or just general imformation regarding the patient. The disadvantage could be dependancy on imformation within a system that could result with something being missed for a patient. This could be caused due to imformation being missed or not inputted.
My final topic, and the one i feel is most important, is health. It is estimated that the NHS spent £6.1 billion on overweight and obesity related ill-health in 2014-2015. Obesity is a world wide problem. Obesity is not just about weight, other problems can be cause such as diabetes, athsma ect, these are aditional drains on NHS funding. A solution to ease long-term impact on the NHS would be education. An element of the education would be to teach the individual the importance of diet,nutrition,excerise ect. Providing this education will hopefully have a domino effect on other health problems such as diabetes and athsma. Education provided, will result in a patients understanding being increased and will reduce the long-term financial commitment from the patient and the NHS.
I have examined the three topics within our debate. I feel that each topic is inter-linked and each element has their own impact on the NHS. In conclusion, from examining my points I have made, I feel that health has the most abilaty to impact the NHS in a positive way.