Sick or What!

Sick or What!

The National Health Service was set up after The Second World War across The UK by the then Labour Government in 1948 as a result or The Beveridge Report, to provide a comprehensive health service for the population, free at the point of use and payed for out of taxation. It lead the world in national health care.
Since its inception, considerable changes have taken place within The UK such as population growth, increasing human longevity and cost of drugs, that have put The National Health Service under considerable strain. Combine these factors with recessions and pressure from international health care companies to break the monopoly and the long term future of The NHS may not be as secure as it once was, despite just about all national politicians ‘guaranteeing’ its survival.
┬áThe cost to the tax payer for The NHS in 2012/13 was approximately 130 billion Pounds and an ever increasing amount is being paid out (over 600 million Pounds so far) to ‘ management consultants’ to find long term solutions.
Using Intuition we can say that The NHS does survive for the long term. One of the reasons for this will be political devolution for the regions of England, giving these new political regions governance over their health service in the same way that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do now.
Some of the regions will inevitably provide a better medical service than others, rather depending on who is running them at the time! This will result in a certain population movement, in the same way that local schooling created more desirable areas to live.
There will be a trend back towards ‘Cottage Hospitals’ and a greater interaction with GPs and patients in hospital.
Inevitably, there will be a larger involvement with the private sector and the various health regions and there will be some kind of means testing in areas as well.

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