Posted: 12/06/2016 at 11:39
It is over run because people go to A&E for colds, flu, splinters instead of using their noggin and taking an aspirin or going to their pharmacy or GP and leaving A&E to deal withreal accidents and emergencies.
It is over run on the wards because of so many avoidable illnesses resulting from smoking, obesity, bad nutrition. If you buy a car and fill it with the wrong fuel the engine seizes up. If you don't change the oil and air filter regularly the motor doesn't work properly. Same with the human body - it needs regular maintenance and correct fuel. Better education and more personal responsibility would solve a lot of that waste of both lives and NHS resources.
There are also beds blocked because people can't go home because there aren't the people to care for them - meals, dressing changes, physio..... In the UK that is deemed to be social care and is run by local councils who are strapped for cash and close them down. Needs to be joined up and made efficient.
You go to an NHS hospital and no-one asks if you're costs will be covered by the fact that you are a UK citizen with right of residence and thus free care, or an EU citizen whose costs will be reimbursed by their health system or a rich foreigner whose private insurance should pay. The NHS could recover millions every year from health tourists but doesn't even try.
Medicine is evolving all the time and more and more can be done to enhance and/or prolong life but all that technology and pharmaceutical advances comes at great expense. When the NHS was born barely anyone dreamed of such things as heart transplants, knee replacements and all those other revolutionary procedures we now take for granted.
It's a shame that NHS management and delivery systems haven't evolved at the same pace - but that's nothing to do with being in our out of the EU..