England’s National Health Service
In 1948 shortly after Britain’s victoriously winning the Second World War the government set up a publicly funded health service so that all citizens could receive health care if they needed it. Its main fundamental value was to allow access to those needing medical care regardless of their class and means. In order to receive care you need to be a citizen of the United Kingdom and live here in the UK. There are currently more than 63.2 million citizens in the United Kingdom which is a great responsibility for the Nation Health Service (NHS). The NHS employ more than 1.7 million staffs one of the biggest employers in the world. Funding for such an organisation comes from taxation; people who earn over the required threshold set by the government must pay a certain amount of tax required by the government. The government will then give the designated money received to the Department of Health who will divide the money up and give it to the relevant departments.
The NHS is considered the most efficient and egalitarian health organisations in the world. In 2010 The Commonwealth fund which is a private association working to better all healthcare and providers stated that England NHS service was second most impressive health services compared with 6 other countries (Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand and USA). It was rated first for its care provisions, capability and competence and second again for its fairness and safety. The survey conducted by the commonwealth fund found England NHS system to have fewer medical errors when compared with 11 other high income countries. It was declared that Britain along with Switzerland was seen as best performance after analysis of answers of 18,000 patients with chronic or serious illness. It seems that access to care was vital for all patients and that people in Britain had quick accessible and fastest access to GP’s and after hours care. The findings of the survey viewed the performance by the NHS as outstanding excellence.
It seems that over the past few years the NHS have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. There is no denying that England has seen a progressive rise the amount of medical negligence cases which have been reported. If you or someone you know have fallen victim to medical negligence you can get advice for medical negligence claims from MedicalNegligenceAssist. Almost one fifth of the NHS’s budget has to be set aside for medical negligence compensation cases, a massive 22.7 billion pounds. England’s NHS is now dealing with a compensation budget that is one of the highest in the world. This is a 22per cent increase on the year before and it is said to be due to the fact that more and more patients and care home residents are taking legal action against the health service. Critics argue it is down to our claim or compensation culture. There are many more law firms being set up than in recent years all offering a ‘no win no fee’ agreement which means unless the case is won the client does not have to pay anything at all. A third of the compensation goes to the lawyer and some lawyers charge up to £900 an hour.
While this may be true the recent scandal faced by the NHS show that care has fallen below the standard expected by the health care profession. The main one being the Mid Staffordshire hospital which saw the wrongful deaths of 1200 patients. Robert Francis QC Chairman of the enquiry in to the Mid Staffordshire Trust Foundation scandal made recommendation to the NHS service on how to improve the culture, making it a patient based environment and that the needs of the patient always come first so that they feel safe, secure and are confident that their needs are being met. Such reports allow for the public to feel confident in the health care service that problems are constantly being met and services improved.