News articles supporting the case for low cost healthcare insurance and health cash plans

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An interesting recent article in Private Eye summarized the issues currently plaguing the NHS.  As the press has highlighted during the Christmas period many hospital trusts including local Worcestershire Royal Hospital reached crisis point and a third of hospitals had to take action to safeguard patients.

In Worcestershire Royal Hospital 109 patients had to wait over 12 hours on trolleys, the hospital was under greater stress than even before the winter crisis hit.  Even the heath secretary Jeremy Hunt stated that Worcestershire had ‘unacceptably long trolley waits’.  This all points to now being a bad time for the massive cuts in bed numbers that are predicted by the ‘NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans’.

By the end of September 2016 over 348,500 patients nationally had been waiting 18 weeks or longer to begin treatment (up 9.4% compared to the previous year).  Even more worryingly 1,181 had been waiting over a year.  In the same month the total number of people on a waiting list had grown to 3.7 million (up over 400,000 from the start of the year).  The time critical waiting time targets for cancer treatment have not been met for two and a half years.

Matters were further exasperated by cancelled urgent operations which in November 2016 were 446, double the number of the previous year.  The result of this was that routine operations were cancelled in the lead up to Christmas in order to make way for emergencies.

This worsening NHS performance should not be a surprise when you consider the issues highlighted in the press: Rising demand, ageing population, funding flat lined, cuts to social care, insufficient investment in staff and a lack of a co-ordinated service offer by providers.

Compared to other countries within Europe UK health spend as a percentage of GDP is just 8%.  In France, Sweden, and Belgium equivalent GDP spend is 10 to 11%.  Most NHS staff are striving to deliver the same levels of compassionate care that they always have but due to staff shortages, lack of investment and so many on waiting lists for urgent treatment the NHS is just unable to cope and this is even before the recommended reduction in available bed numbers.

Orchard Healthcare seek to offer their members financial assistance to ‘self-fund’ treatments such as Specialist consultations and diagnostic procedures such as scans thereby reducing the number waiting for NHS treatment and freeing up waiting list spaces.  Equally, members are able to be seen faster by opting to seek private treatment than they would have been awaiting NHS treatment.

For more information on how you can take control of your healthcare from as little as £1.07 a week contact Orchard Healthcare on 01905 729090 to learn more about cash plans.



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