The NHS has been under strain for some time now. However, considering this is a remarkable service that saves so many lives every day, what is causing this stress?
Firstly, the population of the country has increased dramatically since 2010. In 2010, the population was over 63 million but now, in 2020, the population has risen to over 67 million. This will have affected the NHS because if there are more people in the country then more people will need treating for illnesses or injuries. This would put a strain on the NHS as there are too many people and not enough staff to treat them.
This leads me on to my second point - staff. Currently, the UK National Health Service has 100,000 vacancies - enough workers to fill 10 large hospitals. This means that the employees have to work harder so that they can treat all of the patients effectively. However, because they need to make sure that everyone is treated with enough care and to a point where they can be safe. This causes the long queues in A 'n' E and puts all of the nurses and receptionists under stress.
In addition, the NHS can be under stress because of some of the injuries or illnesses people take to hospital. People sometimes go to the hospital for cuts or minor burns that could really be treated at home and do not need medical attention. This means that there are more people than there needs to be at hospital and it puts a strain on the NHS.
In conclusion, the NHS is under stress for several reasons but some of these are population, staff shortages and unnecessary hospital visits. We could help with this if we tried to limit trips to the hospital to needed ones and if we treated the staff like we would want to be treated.