- Discuss the view that the National Health Service treats s...
Discuss the view that the National Health Service treats sickness rather than promoting health.
This essay shall provide a brief discussion into the role and
action of the National Health Service (NHS) within British society
today. It shall formulate an analysis into how it serves and treats
its clients hoping to show the ways its deals with both sickness
and health as concepts relating to patient care and aftercare.
Established in 1948 post world war Britain, the NHS was
formulated as a service which would be free and open to the whole
of the British populace. It offered a service by which
The view of health as the absence of illness seems to also
affect its treatment, a patient who appears healthy provides few
demands upon the NHS.
But as discussed, recent trends of heightened awareness into a
healthier lifestyle seem to be reflected in the governmental
promotion of health and national campaigns which aim to educate the
British public. Through the NHS, promotion of health provided by
NHS practitioners can be witnessed in the prevalence of 'medical
opinions' and open condemnation of poor health practices i.e.
smoking or a poor diet, which although not overtly high profile it
provides an opportunity by which a patient may obtain information
and guidance on how to conduct a healthier lifestyle.