The National Health Service In Turmoil- Again

The National Health Service

The National Health Service

In Britain we have the National Health Service (NHS) that is supposed to cater for illnesses among the public. For years there have been problems and last year it got worse. The whole system is in danger of total collapse unless the government do something to save it. There is apparently talk in government circles of privatising the whole system, but that to me sounds like ‘backroom chatter’. Government sources have consistently said that this option is not on the table.

But there is little doubt that once again the NHS is in crisis. Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments are practically overrun every day and although it is a general rule that patients are seen within four hours, this is seldom true. It has been reported that “throughout December, A&E departments had to shut their doors to new patients more than 140 times – a 63% rise on the 88 recorded the previous year. NHS guidance says “A&E diverts” like this should only happen as a last resort and are put in place when departments cannot cope with any more patients. Last week, it also emerged that two patients died on trolleys in Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s A&E department during a period described as extremely busy by the hospital.” You have to wonder why this is!

In my view the biggest mistake the country ever made, thanks to Tony Blair, was to allow in hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are now swamping the NHS. Few of them work for a living for they are mostly on benefits, but they still get free healthcare from the NHS, along with many other ‘perks’. In effect, this has pushed the English population on the sidelines when it comes to help. They make no contributions whatsoever unlike the British people but still get looked after, even for minor things like colds.

Before the great influx of immigrants the NHS was able to cope satisfactorily with the aged and sick people, but since Tony Blair allowed in so many immigrants the system is on the verge of collapse yet again. The sad thing is, most politicians discredit the complaints and say there is no crisis. Mind you, they can all afford private medical care and never step foot in A&E. Perhaps they should!

Roy.

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