Posted on January 18, 2013

65 years old, but will the NHS keep going?

Despite what many people in government think, the NHS is still the most cherished institution in the country. What is more, it is even more popular than the monarchy and the army. Although many of the nurses now employed in NHS hospitals are agency nurses rather than full time, the general population still feels that nurses do a valuable job. Many have been vilified in recent weeks, but most people think that the problems are due to a minority. The NHS topped the list in a poll by Ipsos-Mori that looked at what it meant to be British. A huge 72% said that the National Health Service symbolised everything that made them feel most proud about being British. This will be great news for those working in the embattled service, which celebrates its 65th birthday this year; moreover, the high polling will give politicians of all persuasions greater insight into how the general population, irrespective of wealth and position, feel of the institution. Many fear the present government is trying to privatise the NHS through the back door. The government, for its part, believes that the health service needs reforming; however, over the past two years there has been a titanic battle over the organisation's future, with patients unsure what will happen to them. As such, many people now feel this new high poll rating will help scupper any plans to privatise or outsource services. Last year, the Olympic opening ceremony was criticised by some because they felt that it was being used to make a political point. The NHS was at the heart of this ceremony.
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