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Future of NHS


NHS started its journey on July 5th, 1948 with three basic principles as guide to its future activities. These principles included meeting the needs of everyone, free services at the point of delivery and provision of services based on clinical needs instead of the individual's ability to pay. The modernisation that took place in the year 2000 added more principles to this list. The history of progress of NHS is a massive success story. Financial problems lie at the base of most issues and NHS has strived hard to cope with financial problems throughout it journey. But a point comes when mere spending of money is not enough. Proper planning and its implementation are required along with monitoring to judge the effectiveness of planning. NHS of the future will posses a cross-departmental interaction for the purpose of education and training of general public about their health. However due the ever-changing nature of the economical and health conditions, nationally and internationally, the policies of NHS are reshaped very often. Many newly emerging concepts in health care, like 'personalized care' or 'clinical governance'; make the working of NHS even more challenging. Every time a new policy is implemented, a vast change in the structure of the organization becomes imperative. This not only affects the progress rate of the organization as a whole, but also has effects on the working individuals of the organization.


NHS plays a central role in the health care system of UK. Despite the fact that NHS has displayed many satisfactory advances in its working, over the years, the fact that the ever-changing health scenarios and ever changing needs of the society, still pose a challenge. Many new concepts like 'clinical governance', establishment of polyclinics, personalized care and making supplementary prescription by the pharmacists legalized are introduced to modify the health care system for maximum benefits of common population. Implementation of these concepts throughout the national health care system not only needs continuous efforts but also considerable time. Apart from all these, as new discoveries and new methods of treatment become available, NHS has the responsibility of making them available to the public. Climate change and insufficient qualified staff pose a challenge for the working of NHS. While NHS makes attempts to resolve these problems, it will definitely have to change itself to a much greater extent. It is likely that the newly emerging concepts in health care throughout the world will mould NHS in such a way that it will be absolutely unrecognisable when it celebrates its hundredth birthday.

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