The NHS is part of the UK. “It was born out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth.”. It is the incredible, life-saving, limb, neuro and mental health-saving health organisation that we hold. The NHS is paid for by tax and National Insurance contributions and employs more than 1.5 million people. It saves the lives and reduces the pain and discomfort of millions of people each year, both directly and indirectly. It deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours. It is the most incredible organisation within the UK.
Without the NHS, incredible people such as Stephen Hawking will die early. Many children and adults will die young because they won’t be able to get the medical help that they need. Without the NHS the population would have to get private health insurance. Epilepsy is a pre-existing condition, so what medical health insurance company would insure those already diagnosed? A child with epilepsy would have to go without anticonvulsants, they would continue to have seizures which damage their brain and they may go into status epilepticus. They may break their bones or damage internal organs during an accident caused by a seizure but they won’t be insured for that. The family could get into significant debt. The child would have a painful existence and be likely to die young.
I have had so many dangerous / near death experiences due to my epilepsy. I fell onto a railway line. I fell off my bike into the middle of the road. I smashed my left clavicle for which I needed surgery twice. I woke up with blood all around me. I had brain surgery through the NHS in 2013. Without the amazing care and surgery provided through the NHS, I would either be dead or have continuous damage to my brain through seizures and an early death. I would not have been able to continue working or contribute to society.
We are on a slippery slope right now. With the continuous threat of effectively reducing NHS funds, the number of beds will go down, hospitals will close and waiting lists will increase. People. Will. Die.
I say to the UK politicians and decision makers – appreciate the significance of the NHS. Even if you are without a moral compass and “care” only about money, politics, and status, allowing the NHS to go under will not be a great move. When people are in so much pain that they cannot work, viruses and diseases are spreading and people are dying young, the economy and global trade will not fare well.
Please. Try and think about the long-term effect of your decisions. We need the NHS. The lives of 65.6 million people are in your hands.
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