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The NHS – At Its Worst Since The 90's

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 01/04/2015

The NHS is in a poor state, the worst it has ever been in since the early 1990's.

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The King's Fund, a leading health think tank has said that the next government that comes to power will "inherit a health service that has run out of money and is operating at the very edge of its limits."

As services worsen with no money more money in sight, it is highly likely that we'll see more medical negligence claims coming out of the NHS until the situation is addressed. The NHS is struggling to keep up with demands on its services even though the number of doctors and nurses is increasing.

A&E, cancer care and hospital treatments were hit the hardest. Cancer survival rates in the UK are already trailing 10 years behind other countries in Europe according to Macmillan Cancer Support, leaving people with the most common types of cancer dying needlessly.

Whilst the number of consultants in the NHS are increasing, the number of managers have decreased, leaving hospitals without the structure and guidance they need to progress. Bed occupancy was at a "very high level" as well as a significant rise in patient discharge delays. More people are spending longer in hospitals when they don't need to, especially older patients. Due to cuts in social care budgets, more elderly people are being admitted into hospital rather than being cared for at home.

More Medical Negligence Claims to Follow?

Due to demands on the NHS rising so quickly over the last few years, any money that has been put into the system has felt more like a cut according to the leading think tank.

A recent study has also found that stress levels are at their highest in professions such as nursing due to understaffing of wards. "Morale is low, and more and more staff are being made sick with stress" according to Royal College of Nursing General Secretary Pater Carter.

The King's Fund study did find some positives about the NHS such as MRSA and Clostridium Difficile (C Diff) falling to historically low levels and public satisfaction at its second highest level ever but, if you're on the receiving end of a bad NHS experience these facts will mean very little to you.

You may just want an apology and some answers for your trouble, or you may want compensation. With our help, you can get both and raise awareness about the poor level of care that some are receiving at the hands of the NHS.

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