Seven day NHS: A reality or a fantasy gone too far?

The NHS is considered one of the best health care systems in the world. However many have criticized the service for not providing services such as GP appointments on a weekend which can result in A&E taking in more patients because they are unable to get a GP appointment during the week.

David Cameron has now promised a ‘truly seven-day NHS’ by 2020 saying that more top hospitals must provide top-level treatment on weekends like they do on weekdays, as statistics show the mortality rates on those admitted Saturday and Sunday were much higher than those who were admitted to hospital on a Wednesday .However can this amazing promise made by the Prime Minister be made a reality, or a promise gone too far.

Providing top-level NHS care seven days a week by 2020, could become a reality if organised efficiently and fairly. They would need to plan to get the right amount of staff, finances and resources to deliver this promise and make it work.  The Nuffield trust has said that by 2020 the NHS will need £30 billion a year more than it is already getting.

In my opinion I don’t see how GP services can be improved by 2020, with the vast majority of medical students decide to pursue other specialisms of medicine. Jeremy Hunt has said that he wants half of all newly qualified doctors to chose general practice. However this  may not even be enough to maintain needed services let along expand them.

So overall David Camerons promise (Just like any promise) of a seven-day NHS was made with the best of intentions. I think if they increase the amount of staff on nights and weekends in hospital they could provide better and more efficient care. However I struggle to see  how GP services can be improved as again many newly qualified doctors are deciding not to become GPs and many patients are left waiting for up to a month to enable them to get a ten minute appointment.

Is this a promise gone too far? Only time will tell.


Should 16 and 17 year olds vote in the EU referendum?

During the 2015 general election here in the UK, one of the biggest topics was  “Should Britain leave the EU?”. And one of the biggest topics within this debate is “Should 16 and 17 year olds have a vote in the EU referendum ?”

In my opinion YES, 16 and 17 year olds should be given the vote to decide if they want us to leave the EU. 16 and 17 year olds who live in Scotland got to vote in deciding if they wanted to become independent, so why shouldn’t they now?

Many 16 and 17 year olds have an opinion on the referendum, myself included.

Many people believe that Britain would not survive economically if we leave the EU. However I believe this to be not true as some of Britains best trading relationships are not within the EU.

After the general election, the Tories have promised an EU referendum by the end of 2017 during the first conservative majority government in 18 years after the Liberal Democrats in the previous coalition government stopping any attempts of a referendum.

An EU referendum was a massive part of the Conservatives manifesto, again promising a referendum by the end of 2017.

Overall I believe that 16 and 17 year olds should vote to decide if we leave the EU as in my opinion it was encourage them to vote and get to grips and maybe even becoming interested in politics and how the country is run.