Privatisation of the NHS

Doctors aim for the best NHS service however, privatisation of the NHS, which became a topical issue, is still quite controversial. There is an issue that privatisation is leading to undermining the NHS core values. Privatisation of the NHS is when the role of the government is reduced and increasing the role of the private sector. I came across this topic and decided to find the pros and cons of it as it could be affecting the NHS hugely in the coming years.

The core values of the NHS are being imapcted , for example, from an article from the “week newsletter” it states that the elderly will experience issues with the continuity of the doctors, which affects the trust and confidence they have. Considering that the NHS prioritises a good doctor-patient relationship, I think it would be unfair for the elderly to experience such issues. This is particularly important, as they may feel distressed that they have to discuss issues with different doctors.  In addition, instead of common medicine becoming more affordable, prices are increasing which puts patients in a further stressful situation.

It is estimated that 7% to 22% of the healthcare budget goes to private providers, so when the NHS is already spending majority of their budget on elderly medicine due to multi-morbidity, I think that gradually there will be a financial struggle.

However, it is also stated that privatised sectors allow patients to choose where they can be treated and also their treatment , which supports autonomy. Also, the NHS is becoming over reliant on private sectors due to their overwhelming number of patients; for example one quarter of NHS knee replacements are performed by private providers. So , even though privatisation can help with the increased demand for the NHS it is starting to impact the core values it holds.

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