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This essay will evaluate the impact of the significant changes
to the funding and structure of the National Health Service (NHS) has had on its service users and
providers. Through an independent survey the results collected will show
how the changes through the NHS have impacted on the current service users. An independent
survey was conducted with the public which contained five short questions. Four
out of five questions was multiple choice answers. Each question and the results
will be evaluated in depth individually.

The NHS is a nationwide health service that is free
at the point of use. Since it began in 1948 it has been widely credited and
discredited. There is a range of opinions about the NHS and the services it
provides. However, from the short surveyed conducted the results show how real
service users feel about the NHS and how its funding is being used. In England
alone, in a period of 36 hours the NHS encounters over approximately 1 million
patients (About the National Health Service
(NHS), 2016). The first question asked in the
survey were; ‘Have you used any department of the NHS in the
past 5 year? This includes, seeing a GP, dentist, A staff etc.’ the
results shown that 53.85% of people surveyed had used the NHS frequently in the
past five years. This result meant that more than half the people surveyed had
accessed the NHS. The results also revealed that only 1.54% of people surveyed
had not accessed any service of the NHS. In 2001 Anthony Browne, the health
editor for the Observer, produced an article criticising the NHS and its caring
system. He said ‘the health service and its workings has appalled me and
completely eroded my faith in the NHS’ (Browne, 2001). The results
from the survey show that even with the negative publicity around the NHS many
people access its services regularly.

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With an ageing population in the United Kingdom and the
advancements in medicine the NHS is now treating more people for a longer
period of time. Illnesses and disease that could have killed people such as tuberculosis
and cancer, over 60 years ago are now curable. The life expectancy of the
population has risen since 1930 (before the introduction of the NHS). Women were
expected to live to approximately 62 years old and the men living to around 58
years old (U.K. life expectancy up 20 years from 1930, 2011). It is estimated that
babies born between 2014 and 2016 in the UK are expected to live around 30
years longer than they would if the NHS did not exist. Males are now expected
to live to around 79.2- 79.5 years and women to live to
around 82.9- 83.1 years old (Gray, 2017). The NHS has had vast
input on lengthening people’s lives as the NHS offers healthcare to everyone with
no judgement. With the life expectancy in the UK raising it has had an effect
on how long patients wait before being referred or even obtaining an
appointment. Waiting times
for patients start when the service they need has received their referral. This
includes hospital services such as scans and tests, general practitioner (GP)
appointments and physiotherapy sessions. Due to the high demand of all the
services the NHS provides waiting times vary depending on specific treatment
and clinical needs of the individual (Guide to NHS waiting times in England, 2016). In the survey
carried out when questioned, ‘How long did you have to wait before seen?’ 60.94% of people responded
that they had not waited long at all. However 37.50% of the responses said that
it took longer than they had expected. These results indicate that the UK
service users of the NHS feel they waited too long before seeing a professional
for treatment. In 2009 the NHS claimed it had hit its target waiting time. This
time begins from the referral of the GP for further treatment.  The maximum wait for a patient to wait was 18
weeks. The NHS now claims that it takes approximately 8.6 weeks for patients
to begin treatment (NHS waiting times cut, 2009).