The NHS saves millions of people each year, so why are we letting it die?

There is one asset that the UK has which sets us apart from the rest of the world, and that is the NHS. A service that is free for all from the point of entry and has saved millions of lives. But with the boom in population, there isn’t enough NHS to go around.

I have first, second and third hand experience of the NHS, from my own experiences, to a cousin with cancer, to my grandmothers Cataract operation to witnessing the devastating news that someone is HIV positive. A friend’s partner tragically lost his life after being hit by a can, and though the doctors and nurses tried everything from the traditional to the experimental, he died a week later.

The NHS is there to help us, and one of the reasons our taxes are so high in the UK, is because the money that is pumped into the NHS doesn’t just grow on trees. It needs funding, and like any business model, needs micro managing to the point of no penny is unaccounted for.

However, the very service that has provided so much for us is in need of help. People are abusing the service, blocking beds and wasting appointments over trivial matters, if they turn up at all. This in turn wastes valuable resources, and some of the worst offenders for this isn’t busy workers, but pensioners and those that aren’t in work.

Why are these very people being given ‘prime’ time appointments? They don’t have anything else to do all day. They don’t have to catch the 0730 train to make sure they’re in work for 9am. They don’t leave work at 6pm, when most surgeries are either closed or closing. They have all day to see to appointments, errands and essentials. Those people should have to see their doctor at times that are convenient for the working.

Pharmacists are medically trained, and in some cases know better than the doctors when it comes to the drugs they’re administering, they’ve also seen it all before, from coughs and colds to allergic reactions. THEY are the people you want to talk to over trivial matters, not wasting your GP’s time.

Now I’m not saying that you should wait until you’re on deaths door, but a mild chest infection or a small rash is hardly important and usually will clear up on its own.

Demanding prescriptions for over the counter drugs, like paracetamol, which can be bought for as little as 28p, is an absurd waste of resources, and if you can’t afford 28p, you really need to look at your priorities.

But it seems to also be these very people who squander the resources, who are the first to complain about the state of the NHS. The situation is simply unacceptable. We need to stop wasting cash, and at the same time, reallocating time to those that are directly funding it. IE, workers to the front of the queue.


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