Is The NHS Really on Death’s Door?

by Kordelia and Lily (BBC School Reporters)

‘’The NHS does a good job and works hard. There needs to be more good said rather than bad.’’

As of late, many people have been discussing the heavy topics of the politics behind Healthcare, the future of the NHS, and the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

It is no secret that the NHS is struggling with high demands lately.  This year alone 2.2 million patients were not seen within the target time.

After having interviewed rehab support worker Kimberley and Community Nurse Karen we got an insight into how the NHS is coping.

Whilst interviewing Karen, we asked her what state she believed the NHS is in right now and her response was simple: ‘’It is in a very poor state. The worst it has ever been having been there for the last 29 years.’’

But what about all this extra money the NHS was promised from Brexit? Surely that will help? With regard to Brexit helping the NHS, Karen stated that the Government said: ‘’less money leaving the UK would mean more money going to the NHS.’’

However, she is unsure if they are going to stand by what they said. More and more people are worrying about the NHS’s future and Kimberley expressed that: ‘’if people look at the NHS as a Health Service instead of a money machine,’ then maybe the NHS wouldn’t be under such pressure.”

She also added ‘’the NHS does a good job and works hard. There needs to be more good said rather than bad.’’

This idea was further reinforced when talking to Thomas, a medic from Sheffield. He revealed that ‘’the future is unknown. It is not the same as previous years because of all the politics. It seems as though the Government doesn’t want the NHS to exist.’’

It certainly seems that the negative media coverage coupled with the lack of funding creates a bleak outlook for the future of the NHS. However, talking with NHS workers we are positive of the desire for change.