The NHS was born out of the government interventions one of Clement Attlee’s labour party manifestos for winning the general election in 1945. Even thought Winston Churchill had gained victory in World War II. The conservative government had made no promises for a National Health Service that would be available to all regardless of income. Clement Attlee promised a free health service to all form the cradle to the grave. The first government intervention came when, the days of a completely free national health service was a short lived idea the cost.
The cost was much higher than anticipated. The chancellor at the time was a Hugh Gaitskell; he was forced to introduce charges for glasses and false teeth. In 1951 health minister Aunerin Bevan resigned his post as a direct result of this action. In October 1951 seen the re-election of Winston Churchill’s conservative government. The chancellor R. A. Butler introduced prescription charges for people on an income. This was another direct result of government intervention in health care. “The cost of the NHS are increasing.
This poses a problem Fr all governments and some compromises have had to be taken; patients now have to pay for prescriptions and many older hospitals have been closed” (Butler. R. A. 1952) The government have in these cases intervened because the economic status of the NHS. As the years are going on the NHS is costing more than they initially hoped for. The government has now to intervene in this day and age it is understandable for the government to become involved at the beginning as it is teething problems, which any business has.
The government is having to intervene again as the NHS is now not only under funded but also understaffed, even thought the NHS is Britains largest employer. The government is taking steps to shortening the waiting list and has on occasions sent patients to France to receive medical treatment. The government is also recruiting nurses from countries like the Philippines and training them so they can be able to give the same standard of care as a British nurse.
There has been a rumour circulating that the government may introduce a scheme in which you may have to pay to gain access to your G. P, this maybe introduced to help fund the NHS. The government my also raise taxes to help with this and the general consensus around the UK has been in favour of this if the money went directly to the NHS and not in Gordon Browns pocket. The National Insurance stamp duty is rising in April 2003 to help the funds for the NHS
Our Prime Minister Tony Blair has pledged winning the past two general elections on reforming and giving the NHS better funding. He has won the past two elections based on these pledges. The NHS is improving but very slowly. Tony Blair is also willing to take a massive risk by pledging his role as Prime Minister and leader of the labour party if he has not reformed and improved the NHS he will willingly stand down as leader of this party but as Prime Minister. There are other reasons why governments intervene in health care.
To win elections seems to be the main reason and to gain good publicity. They also intervene to prevent more mistakes happening within certain health authorities that is under achieving in the national tables and if the public raise concern for the closure or integration of two or more local hospitals. The local government usually becomes involved in these situations and will raise issues before central government in the Houses of Parliament outlining the worries of the local people in his constituency