By William Smith
The results of a survey published this week show that the general public has grave concerns over the futureof the National Health Service. The survey was conducted for Benenden Healthcare Society and included the opinions of over 2,000 people.
The results suggest that the general opinion of the man on the street is that the clock is ticking for the health services in Britain. More than two in five people do not believe that the NHS will be ‘there for them’ in ten years’ time. Only one third of the people surveyed think that the health service will exist in 20 years’ time.
Half of those surveyed also believe that the present Government’s policies will weaken the NHS over the next two years. Further findings suggest:
The chief executive of Benenden Healthcare Society, Ken Hesketh said that while people still feel confident in the service provision the NHS offers today, the research findings suggest that the public have ‘genuine concerns’ over the future of the NHS and its ability to provide for them in the years ahead.