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I am quoting your post “Free at the point of delivery?I am sick of people spouting that piece of crap.I pay a significant amount of tax for the NHS.I pay privately for dental care and eyes tests and glasses.I also have private medical insurance.I do self treat by buying over the counter medicines and seek advice from pharmacists who then sell me better medications. Free?My arse!”
So let me let you into a little secret, your General Taxation goes into a number of pots within Government, one of them the NHS, so what you put in going by your age may not even cover 6 visits or hospital stays. Let me tell you what it costs for ONE NIGHT’S stay in a hospital £550.00 that’s just for the bed, nursing for one night £120 per nurse, junior Doctor £275,00, food £90.00 (that includes the breakfast, lunch, tea and supper, drinks through the day such as tea and coffee, costs of the kitchen staff ) admin another £95.00. That’s £1100.00 with the costs of x-rays that would be another £300.00, scan that’s another £400,00, blood test another £120.00. One Consultant, another £460.00 that’s a TOTAL of £3,510.00 that does not include heating and lighting. Plus there could be further medical care like a registrar who would visit you, plus any medications you may require. Then there is the charge for the sheets, cleaning etc., REMEMBER the costs above are for ONE NIGHT ONLY. So please as I have said your taxation of £X spilt over £30 years based upon your age would not even see the light of day if you required several visits and stays.
When I first joined the NHS just over 30 years ago it was created out of the ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth, that was the same then as when it was launched on July 5 1948, it was based on three core principles:
1. that it meet the needs of everyone
2. that it be free at the point of delivery
3. that it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay
These three principles have guided the development of the NHS over more than 60 years and remain at its core today, as I have said it remains the principle objective now as it did in 1948, the guiding principle of the NHS is to provide a comprehensive service available to all and I mean all.
Of course with the population changes and the role of Parliament the Secretary of State reviews the core value of the NHS. This principle applies irrespective of gender, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity or marital or civil partnership status. The service is designed to diagnose, treat and improve both physical and mental health. It has a duty to each and every individual that it serves and must respect their human rights. At the same time, it has a wider social duty to promote equality through the services it provides and to pay particular attention to groups or sections of society where improvements in health and life expectancy are not keeping pace with the rest of the population. SO YOU see the NHS moves with the times of social change, but the core principle stays the same…..FREE at the point of delivery
Access to NHS services is based on clinical need, not an individual’s ability to pay, NHS services are free of charge, except in limited circumstances sanctioned by Parliament. There are charges, such as prescriptions, eye tests and glasses, BUT there are various schemes to assist those who are on low incomes such as the NHS Low Income Scheme. If you have a low income, you may be able to get help with NHS costs through the NHS Low Income Scheme. You can also get help with health costs as I have outlined before for those getting Universal Credit. So if you receive Universal Credit, you may also qualify for help with health costs. If you pay for a prescription, providing you get a receipt and these costs would be refunded at the time you pay. So please Harry 101 don’t knock the NHS the Government helps those who even when working and their income is low they do get help. If your on benefits you simply pay NOTHING.
The NHS is committed and always has been in providing best value for taxpayers’ money and the most effective, fair and sustainable use of finite resources. Public funds for healthcare will be devoted solely to the benefit of the people that the NHS serves.
You have made your point about “I have paid my tax so I don’t get it for free”, the NHS is a national service funded through national taxation. The government sets the framework for the NHS, and it is accountable to Parliament for its operation. However, most decisions in the NHS, especially those about the treatment of individuals and the detailed organisation of services, are rightly taken by the local NHS and by patients with their clinicians. The system of responsibility and accountability for taking decisions in the NHS should be transparent and clear to the public, patients and staff. The government will ensure that there is always a clear and up-to-date statement of NHS accountability for this purpose.
So let me tell you NOW, 30 years ago the NHS had a core value it’s the same today with “the Commitment to quality of care” The NHS aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism in the provision of high-quality care that is safe, effective and focused on patient experience. Quality of care is never and should not be compromised; the relentless pursuit of safe, compassionate care for every person who uses and relies on services is a collective endeavour, requiring collective effort and collaboration at every level of the system. The delivery of high-quality care is dependent on feedback, organisations that welcome feedback from patients and staff are able to identify and drive areas for improvement and I know that the NHS is constantly trying to improve on its services even if you Harry 101 don’t see this.
I believe the NHS has become compassionate in its care, this ties closely with respect and dignity in that individual patients, carers and relatives must be treated with sensitivity and kindness, I believe the NHS does this in abundance. Sometimes the NHS fails but hopefully we all have had a good experience when we have had to use the NHS?? The business of the NHS extends beyond providing clinical care and includes alleviating pain, distress, making people feel valued and that their concerns are important to the NHS as well.
Lastly and I think this is a very important point with regards to the NHS, the core function of the NHS is emphasised in this value, the NHS seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of patients, communities and its staff through professionalism, innovation and excellence in care. This value also recognises that to really improve lives the NHS needs to be helping people and their communities take responsibility for living healthier lives.
I would also say that the NHS believe that everyone counts, the NHS has a responsibility to maximise the benefits we (the patients) obtain from NHS resources, ensuring they are distributed FAIRLY to those most in need. Nobody should be discriminated or disadvantaged, and everyone should be treated with equal respect and importance. So Harry 101 I hope you take on board what I have said because no matter who you are, whether your rich or poor the NHS will look after us all.