Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has grown to become the world’s largest publicly funded health service. It is also one of the most efficient, most egalitarian and most comprehensive. The NHS was born out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth – a principle that remains at its core. This section gives an overview of the changes and milestones of the NHS in England from its launch in 1948 to the present day. Taken together, the four National Health Services in 2015-16 employed around 1.6 million people with a combined budget of £136.7 billion. NHS net expenditure (resource plus capital, minus depreciation) has increased from £75.822 billion in 2005/06 to £117.229 billion in 2015/16. Planned expenditure for 2016/17 is £120.611bn.
The NHS net deficit for the 2015/16 financial year was £1.851 billion (£599m underspend by commissioners and a £2.45bn deficit for trusts and foundation trusts). In the 2015 Care Quality Commission inpatient satisfaction survey 84 percent of 83,000 respondents rated their overall experience as 7 or more out of 10. 84 per cent felt that they were always treated with dignity and respect while using inpatient services/83 per cent felt they were ‘definitely’ provided with enough information about their condition by the person that referred them but 98 per cent felt their hospital room or ward was ‘very’ or only ‘fairly’ clean.
I believe that the NHS is great in its own way of helping patients and saving most lives although I disagree that it is perfect. It needs improvements such as expanded parts added onto hospitals to make more wards, patient opinions should be taken in and not just immediately turned down and lastly more employees to help patients. There were 30,000 more deaths than expected in England and Wales in 2015. Peer reviewed research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Oxford University and Blackburn with Darwen council was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The research claims the increase happened during “severe cuts” to the NHS and social care, which compromised their performance. Relevant NHS performance data was studied showing almost all targets were missed. Researchers concluded: “The evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care.” The percentage rise in mortality was the largest in nearly 50 years and the excess was the largest in the post war period.