The survey found that while 77% of people were proud of the NHS, many also felt let down by the service. The majority of the people who had felt the need to go private had done so as they had encountered difficulties arranging treatment on the NHS or the service was simply not available on the NHS. It is a shocking statistic that in a country offering free healthcare 20% of people still feel the need to pay to ensure that they receive adequate service.
Have you seen a big difference in the NHS services post Covid? Are the waiting times now recovering following an initial set back or will treatment times and appointment availability be an issue we are dealing with for a long time to come?
The number of people receiving diagnostic tests and consultant led treatment this summer is more than double the amount when compared to Summer 2020 and the national medical director for NHS England has said: "NHS staff have worked tirelessly over the pandemic, caring for 450,000 patients with the virus in hospital, which has inevitably had a knock-on effect on less urgent care and created a backlog, but staff are also now pulling out all the stops to recover services and help more people as they come forward for care.’’