Today I’m continuing with the A-Z Blogging Challenge. The aim is to write a post for every day of the month except for Sundays, with each post representing a different letter of the alphabet. This year I’m doing an A-Z of Great Britain, covering as much as I can about British music, literature, TV and film, food, wildlife and culture.
Foreign nationals also receive free treatment if they have been living in the UK legally for 12 months, have recently arrived to take up permanent residence, are claiming asylum or have other legal resident status. European citizens are also entitled to free treatment if they have a European Health Insurance Card.
British people love to moan about the NHS. We complain about the state of the hospitals, the ridiculous amount of admin, the huge waiting times, the quality of the food and the ‘incompetence’ of the staff. But most problems with the NHS seem to stem from them being short of staff, funding, space and equipment. Accusations of poor care are in the minority, but it is these incidents (rather than the success stories) that make headlines. The NHS staff I have encountered (especially the nurses) have been extremely hard-working and dedicated to their job. They are just trying their best with limited time and resources, yet their low pay doesn’t reflect this.
While the NHS may be far from perfect, I still think we’re lucky to have it. We don’t have to worry about medical insurance because most of our healthcare is covered. I’d rather pay higher taxes for the peace of mind that brings.
What are your views on the NHS? Is it a wasteful drain on our income or an invaluable service that we should be grateful for?