What’s gone wrong with the UK’s National Health Service? | Inside Story



The UK’s National Health Service has been a source of pride for millions of people for more than 70 years. But nurses, angry about pay and working conditions, are planning another round of strikes this week – leading to greater disruption for the very people the institution is meant to serve. Staff will walk off the job on Tuesday for the second time this month. The government has refused to negotiate with them. Ministers say their wage demands are unaffordable. On Wednesday more than 10-thousand ambulance workers – including paramedics – will also down tools. Presenter: Nastasya Tay Oksana Pyzik – Pharmacist and Lecturer at UCL School of Pharmacy Jeff Lazarus – Researcher at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health Jonathan Portes – Senior Fellow in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/ Check out our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/aljazeeraenglish/ #UnitedKingdom #NHS #CostOfLivingCrisis #NHSStrikes #UKWorkersStrikes

17 thoughts on “What’s gone wrong with the UK’s National Health Service? | Inside Story”

  1. My sister works in the NHS in the administrative department. She’s shocked by the inefficiency of most staff, for example there are so many people employed just to copy paste data into excel sheets. She’s been trying to automate more work using programming, but the IT system and beaurocracy is ancient and non flexible. You’d be surprised how much money is wasted in the NHS through incompetent management and staff. They should upgrade themselves into the 21st century.

  2. It needs massive reform. The problem is if you attempt to discuss this people start talking about the US health care system or the the wonderful nurses of the NHS as if there is something unique about them.
    We need to look to europe where there are various hybrid systems of private insurance and state assistance, leading to much better patient outcomes (which you’d think would be the most important thing)
    But no, let’s just go back to an argument about which party can throw more money at a broken system.

  3. (I’m not a nurse) From my standpoint the real issue is not pay it is working conditions. Increasing pay won’t improve working condition it’s more likely to make them worse as that money has to come from else where. The NHS will always swallow however much money you throw at it so at somepoint a limit has to be set. The average nurse salary is above the national average also nurses receive a far better pension scheme than your average person based on the average sallary they received throught their career (C.A.R.E scheme). People have to realise that increasing nurses salaries means less money for the service itself and higher taxes from the public in general – not only to cover the salaries of current nurses but also to cover the salary of the meany new nurses we need along with the pensions of those that have retired. All of which will contribute to inflation. It is a circular problem – Chucking more and more money at it won’t fix the problem.

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