This essay will evaluate the impact of the significant changesto the funding and structure of the National Health Service (NHS) has had on its service users andproviders. Through an independent survey the results collected will showhow the changes through the NHS have impacted on the current service users. An independentsurvey was conducted with the public which contained five short questions.
Fourout of five questions was multiple choice answers. Each question and the resultswill be evaluated in depth individually.The NHS is a nationwide health service that is freeat the point of use. Since it began in 1948 it has been widely credited anddiscredited. There is a range of opinions about the NHS and the services itprovides. However, from the short surveyed conducted the results show how realservice users feel about the NHS and how its funding is being used. In Englandalone, in a period of 36 hours the NHS encounters over approximately 1 millionpatients (About the National Health Service (NHS), 2016). The first question asked in thesurvey were; ‘Have you used any department of the NHS in thepast 5 year? This includes, seeing a GP, dentist, A staff etc.
‘ theresults shown that 53.85% of people surveyed had used the NHS frequently in thepast five years. This result meant that more than half the people surveyed hadaccessed the NHS. The results also revealed that only 1.54% of people surveyedhad not accessed any service of the NHS. In 2001 Anthony Browne, the healtheditor for the Observer, produced an article criticising the NHS and its caringsystem.
He said ‘the health service and its workings has appalled me andcompletely eroded my faith in the NHS’ (Browne, 2001). The resultsfrom the survey show that even with the negative publicity around the NHS manypeople access its services regularly. With an ageing population in the United Kingdom and theadvancements in medicine the NHS is now treating more people for a longerperiod of time. Illnesses and disease that could have killed people such as tuberculosisand cancer, over 60 years ago are now curable. The life expectancy of thepopulation has risen since 1930 (before the introduction of the NHS). Women wereexpected to live to approximately 62 years old and the men living to around 58years old (U.
K. life expectancy up 20 years from 1930, 2011). It is estimated thatbabies born between 2014 and 2016 in the UK are expected to live around 30years longer than they would if the NHS did not exist. Males are now expectedto live to around 79.2- 79.5 years and women to live toaround 82.
9- 83.1 years old (Gray, 2017). The NHS has had vastinput on lengthening people’s lives as the NHS offers healthcare to everyone withno judgement. With the life expectancy in the UK raising it has had an effecton how long patients wait before being referred or even obtaining anappointment. Waiting timesfor patients start when the service they need has received their referral. Thisincludes hospital services such as scans and tests, general practitioner (GP)appointments and physiotherapy sessions.
Due to the high demand of all theservices the NHS provides waiting times vary depending on specific treatmentand clinical needs of the individual (Guide to NHS waiting times in England, 2016). In the surveycarried out when questioned, ‘How long did you have to wait before seen?’ 60.94% of people respondedthat they had not waited long at all. However 37.50% of the responses said thatit took longer than they had expected. These results indicate that the UKservice users of the NHS feel they waited too long before seeing a professionalfor treatment.
In 2009 the NHS claimed it had hit its target waiting time. Thistime begins from the referral of the GP for further treatment. The maximum wait for a patient to wait was 18weeks.
The NHS now claims that it takes approximately 8.6 weeks for patientsto begin treatment (NHS waiting times cut, 2009).