Strain on the NHS

This week BBC has run several stories that highlight the strain that the NHS and the Prison Service face today. Particularly in regards to the NHS, budgets have been cut and yet demand rises. Britain has a rapidly ageing population. Further funding cuts are anticipated and words such as “crises” and “collapse” are being used to describe an overstretched medical health care system. Junior doctors, the front line in medical care, are also being asked to work more for less. As taxes are inevitable, getting sick or injured, or hopefully growing old are also inevitable. There has to be a radical shift in national priorities. Either taxation increases to support the NHS, or Britain accepts the NHS in its present form is unsustainable and that a two tier system working with the private sector is the way forward. I sincerely hope it’s the former.