NHS is, without a doubt, the most admired and appreciated Britain’s institutions.
But do we need to send more money to the NHS as we are already paying taxes?
The answer is yes, and that’s why.
Before we faced COVID 19 with its unpredictable outcomes and overloads, NHS was already in trouble.
Have you noticed the overcrowded A&Es and long waiting times for needed medical attention? That’s it.
The UK government spends £150 billion every year on health. Today’s spendings are ten times more significant than what we spent six decades ago, and this continues to grow.
We are getting bigger. National Population Projections shows we will have up to 69.4 million people in mid-2028.
Not only we are getting more people, but we are also ageing. NPP projects the proportion aged 85 years and over is almost to double over the next 25 years.
Living longer means we need more resources like chronic diseases treatments and hospital beds.
Younger people, at the same time, are facing other global challenges: obesity, excessive salt, alcohol and tobacco consumption. They can meet illnesses that require ongoing medical support and care too. But these are preventable with promoting wellbeing, and we need another approach than we have today.
Other challenges like health inequality, social care for elders, Brexit expenses and an ongoing pandemic are still to be solved.
Of course, the Government has a plan. They are increasing fundings by 3.4% per year, which, according to experts, is not enough and could lead to staff shortages and longer waiting times.
There is no one way to crack this nut, but we all could play our part. Because we don’t want to choose who’s care is to be suspended or cancelled.