Brexit puts Britain’s health services on hospital beds.
This winter, the increasingly grim story of Britain’s health system has caused a panic.
A chest pain 81-year-old woman died while waiting for a four-hour ambulance. A young woman lay on the hospital floor for five hours. Because there are no free hospital beds, patients across the country are being treated in the corridors, or trapped in ambulances.
Medical workers and experts say these are not the most common symptoms of the need for medical services in the winter, but a national crisis that has been underfunded for years. Britain’s decision to leave the European Union next year has made the situation worse for the national health service, which has been respected and criticized.
“This is not to say there are several bad apples or underperforming institutions,” said John Appleby, chief economist at Nuffield Trust, a health think tank. “It’s completely systematic.”
For the British, few institutions are more important than the national health service, established in 1948, which is determined to establish a fairer society outside the war site. It is still a source of pride for many in Britain to provide free medical care to all, and through tax subsidies. Politicians from all over the world celebrated the NHS and promised to support it.
It is also a lumbering behemoth, employing more than a million people and grappling with growing demand. This winter brings a perfect storm, the worst flu season in years, and the stink of vomiting in winter, exacerbating the long-term financial strain. The authorities have had to cancel thousands of operations and delayed treatment, causing anger among patients and staff.
South England scholar Glynis Murphy called her son earlier this month, and the son’s abdominal pain worsened for two days.
“I can hear my son screaming in pain upstairs, and finally, I’m shocked that they can’t send an ambulance.” She said.
Murphy took her son to the hospital, where he found a ruptured appendix and surgery. The ambulance expressed regret but said there was no ambulance because of strong demand.
Stories like murphy’s are commonplace. Part of the problem is money. Funding for the NHS grew by about 1 per cent a year after the conservative-led government introduced spending cuts in 2010 following the global financial crisis. But as Britain’s population grew, demand grew by about 4%.
Most British hospitals often miss targets, such as promising to treat 95% of emergency room patients within four hours.
Brexit has brought new complications. Britain’s vote to leave the 28-nation bloc in June 2016 and end the automatic residency of eu citizens in the UK has raised doubts about the future of Britain’s 3m europeans. That prompted some to leave and to stop other europeans from entering.
That makes it harder to recruit eu health workers, who make up about 5% of NHS staff.
The nursing and midwives council said that by September 2017, the number of European nurses and midwives who had enrolled in the UK had dropped by 89 per cent, while the number of people leaving their jobs had risen by 67 per cent.
As more British nurses quit, that means more nurses left the industry last year than joined.
A nurse of eastern England great Yarmouth jean Pons, planar (Joan – Pons Laplana) said that for the NHS staff, staff shortages, heavy workload and public sector wage stagnation means “disease and stress level has reached its peak”.
The work in the UK for 17 years was born in Spain said the nurse, he felt that the conservative government “fully betrayal” the conservative government, the government in order to ensure the eu citizens rights but was rejected for several months. Finally, in December, an agreement was reached with the European Union on civil rights.
“The government made me feel very unpopular and unworthy,” he said.
He said, “I wonder every day, what would I do? Will I leave? But for me, it wasn’t easy.
The tug of war between brexit supporters and opponents has also left health funding in trouble.
In 2016 Britain before the referendum, “left” campaign to smart and not just the right way to the bus, claims that the British weekly send 350 million pounds ($495 million) to the European Union, rather than to the NHS. (Britain’s net figure is about half that.)
Once the stop pay to the eu budget, the eu politicians including the foreign minister Boris Johnson (Boris Johnson) still believe that there will be a “refund the dividend”, which can be used on the national health service.
However, mark carney, the governor of the bank of England, said last week that brexit had hurt Britain’s economic growth and had already cost the country 200m ($283m) a week.
Politicians think they have to do something – but why?
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour party, last week called for a 5 billion pound ($7.1 billion) emergency spending to “save thousands of national health service deaths”.
Many experts believe that the problem is deeper than money.
Siva Anandaciva, chief economist at the health charity, said the UK needed to consider “the fundamental change in how we provide care”.
But the big changes – whether it’s fees, high taxes or major adjustments – are politically bad.
“You can’t continue to put more money into the NHS,” says Anandaciva. “You have to make some tough choices… In a way, the love of the NHS can be a barrier to change.