England’s Leading Health Service and Medical Negligence

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.

England HospitalsThe 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.

Medical Negligence  

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.


All Reception Kids in England to Receive Free Meal from Sept 14th 2014

Last September the deputy prime minister, Mr Nick Clegg publically announced plans from the liberal democrats to offer up free school meals for kids that are studying in reception classes in primary schools in England. Those that are in year one and 2 will get free meals, which will total the amount of £400 per annum. This is of course a great saving for those with kids this age that would normally have to fork out from their own back pocket, to line their child’s stomach.

School Healthy FoodThe idea is an attempt from the government to line the stomachs of children, in order to ensure that their brains were well lined too. Kids that attend school and feel hungry and haven’t eaten properly will not learn as much. Nick Clegg said that it made sure that schools promoted healthy eating habits from a young age, and made sure that attention levels in class were boosted.

There have been worries that the funding needed to kick start this scheme, is not going to be able to be obtained, but Mr Clegg is adamant that all kids of the reception age will be able to have free food.

It is also a fantastic way to ensure that the huge gap between those that are just cutting the bread line, and those that have extra cash to spare (the long divide between the rich and the poor in English society), is of course, out ruled, and that equality is promoted. When a child eats correctly, and is filled with a nutritionally balanced meal, he or she will not feel the need to eat junk food. It is a great way of spending money on food, and cutting down on health bills for the government in the future.

Also, of course benefits too. In fact it is quite an innovative method that has been dreamed up by the Liberal Dems to ensure that kids get educated to a higher level, and are less likely to drop out of school and pursue a higher level of education, keeping them out of the state’s income support system later on in life. Also, of course by not being obese and having correct eating habits implanted from a young age, today’s kids will not be the future obese kids that will burden and strain funding on the NHS system.

If the scheme is correctly implemented the benefits of such a scheme will last for decades. The school meals on offer in schools around England have become a recent topic of limelight, ever since TV chef Jamie Oliver highlighted just how poor the meals on offer were. It has been proven that packed lunches are not as healthy and cooked ones are a better option. It has also been noted that those that do not qualify for free school meals already with the states benefit system for low income families are more likely to send their child to school with a packed lunch, to save cash. Only time will tell.

 

You can also read about if you already qualify for a free school meal for your child www.gov.uk/school-meals-healthy-eating-standards .