Mental health service is a national emergency
A post Covid surge has created a national emergency in mental health. Funding in real terms has been cut since 2010. The service is so stretched that patients in dire need end up in acute hospital beds.
NHS charging would raise only a small sum
Tories have repeatedly called for charging for NHS services. But an Institute For Government report has concluded that charges would be difficult to administer, would raise only small sums for the NHS and would stop some patients seeking medical help.
Why are GPs so stressed?
It’s due to the number of contacts in the day – high in England. Also, UK GPs do more to a greater degree of complexity than in any other country. Most GPs across the world don’t, for example, do paediatrics or maternity.