This article was published on April 20th, 2015
Concerns regarding level of care patients receive from the British healthcare service are increasing amongst medical professionals in the North West. A multitude of people within differing professions were surveyed in the British Health Report. The British Health Report has uncovered opinions of stakeholders involved in the NHS and their services and also from medical professionals and the general public.
Although medical professionals have a number of concerns, the public have a much more optimistic view of the services provided by the NHS and the care they receive. Four fifths of the public feel they are safe whilst in the care of a NHS hospital. Nine out of ten people would trust the medical treatment they receive which indicates that UK patients have few concerns and overall great confidence in the NHS.
Contrastingly, more than 25% of medical professionals believe the NHS is in crisis due to spending cuts issued by the government. They believe that, because of cuts, the level of care has slowly worsened and medical professionals can see a trend occurring and worry where it is heading. In order to keep the reputation of the NHS high and untarnished by preventing care standards falling, medical professionals call for urgent investment. Medical professionals believe they have had very little support from the government since 2010.
General Practitioners are the most concerned, out of all the people surveyed, about the state of the NHS, with nearly half indicating that the British healthcare system is in poor health. Nevertheless GPs are not alone in their worries regarding the NHS; Medical practitioners, majority of surgeons as well as consultants and specialist doctors also agree the NHS is in crisis. Some of the major concerns of professionals, like surgeons, are the lack of bed space on wards which leads to delays in how quickly people can have lifesaving operations and causes higher patient dissatisfaction.
The British Health Report has shown that patients still have genuine trust in the British healthcare system but if cuts to NHS spending continue and investment doesn’t come soon then the cracks will begin to show and quality of care may become apparent to all involved. As a consequence, this could tarnish the name and reputation of the British Healthcare service beyond repair.
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