A row has broken out in Britain over the current state of its National health service. This row was started after Britain’s red cross, which helps in some of Britain’s hospitals. They have claimed that the current state of the NHS is the equivalent of a “humanitarian crisis”. Though senior NHS figures have denied those remarks, claiming that although the service is experiencing high demand they claimed that it is not at crisis yet.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on Prime minister Theresa May to details how she plans to fix the “national scandal” that is the current state of the NHS. This row comes at a bad time for the NHS as they have been fighting the busiest time of year and figures released have claimed that last week 42 hospitals asked for emergency ambulances to be diverted to other hospitals. The hospitals had significant delays and overcrowding.
Professor Keith Willett national director for acute episodes of care at NHS England said “We have to transform and modernise the way the NHS works and we do have to move much more care into the community where it is much more appropriate, particularly for the elders in our society,”
On their website, the British red cross have reiterated their call on the government to move funds in to the NHS. They’ve also called for better support for health care services as most of the delays in the NHS are caused by patients not being able to be released from hospitals due to a lack of care available after patients are fit to go home. They’ve claimed that the lack of care services in the community is a big drain on the system. They’ve also claimed that cuts to the system are having deep effects on the services ability to provide a wraparound service.
The UK’s NHS has been under significant pressure in recent years, as governments have kept cutting budgets and rising pressures on the service have pushed it to unprecedented levels. According to many experts in the system, the systems pressure is unsustainable and the system is at breaking point. Future investment in the health service is desperately needed in order to ensure the system remains able to manage the demanding task of the country’s healthcare.
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