Unintended consequences

Should we be worrying about what we will face once the COVID crisis is over?

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Samie Enany 4 months ago

NHS ihas been underfunded for years therefore the country was not prepared for such coronavirus dilemma. On the other side there's significant reduction in A&E patients as many of them were utilising NHS hopsitals unnessccerly too, although I'm awrae many especially elderly patients are scared in seeking NHS help due to the virus infection.

Therefe there's a need toreform the NHS to survive such dilemma and emergency epidemics in future, by looking at GP contract & their working hours and charging patients visiting A&E small cahrges as £30-50 unless dire emergency as heart attacks, accidents , storke patients and children younger than 16 years old. Not to forget abolishing free prescriptions for those between 16-60 years old to minimize NHS abuse.

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Luke Koupparis 3 months ago

I am not sure I agree about moving to a charging model for NHS services. It is a slippery slope towards a private service. It may reduce the number of unnecessary appointments but it may also reduce down presentations of patients who have significant pathology. However, what is interesting about the Covid-19 outbreak is that we have seen people manage self-limiting conditions without consulting the GP. However, I fear that this will not be a long-lasting effect. There needs to be a unified and centralised voice as to what is acceptable to seek help for and a coherent stance on what should be managed with self-care. The problem is that we have lived in consumerist, amazon-prime world and medicine is now seen as a service industry. Perhaps it will change post the pandemic?

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Luke Koupparis 3 months ago

This news article is interesting on this topic: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52382303

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Luke Koupparis 3 months ago

There is continued news on this topic and I suspect that we may need a clear plan on how we will start to support patients with non-Covid problems so they can be safely assessed which may require a face to face examination. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52446841