The recent fuss in the health sector of England has put a big question mark over the treatment facilities. The point is around the probable privatization of the biggest healthcare organization in the country NHS (National Health Services). It is a public owned organization that is run by the the Department of Health of the government. The process of privatizing NHS has raised a mixed reaction among all the residents (Arora et al. 2013). It is notable that NHS has been sending patients to private healthcare organizations, being unable to deliver targets of admissions and discharges. This is not a bad initiative at all as long as it is producing good results to reshape the organization. Here, in this essay, the social and economical aspects are to be discussed regarding this process of privatization through valid points and countering them (Reynolds and McKee 2012)
The privatization of National Health Service has some definite resounding impacts on the society and the country at large (Maynard 2017). The impacts are to be highlighted following the framework of PESTLE. This format helps to form a clear conception about the fact. It is based on the six important elements economical, technological, legal, social, environmental and political. This analysis includes two elements to be discussed here- economical and social. The incident has a larger outlook on the entire economy of the country since it involves the whole country. The root cause behind this privatization is the economical issues (Powell and Miller 2014). It is indeed a crucial thing. The NHS was left with no option, as they had to open the GP services to provide a better support to their system (Nhs.uk 2017). The expenditure increase is at a high rate every time. The government had to pay 7.5 billion pounds more to assure better services. The annual budget of NHS has a hike of 2.8% in the last ten years. This inclusion of private authorities in the working spheres of NHS has put fire to the speculations (BBC News 2017). There are questions raised about the need of such huge expenditures. The department of health may opt out as many people think but the kind of services they provide to all classes of people might face jeopardy if they go on providing free of cost or very low cost services. The healthcare sector is such a sector where quality issues cannot be compromised. The increasing burden of economic pressure has only one way to be dealt without putting pressure on the common people (Guest et al. 2015).
The economical factors are related with the social phenomenon according to the Pestle framework. All the six elements of Pestle framework are interconnected with each other. The present topic that is being discussed, has a large scale implication on the British society too. This will have further implications regarding political issues and legal problems. There are quite some positive aspects as the act of privatization will bring competition among the bidders. This competition and fulfilling the targets will increase the work level and quality so that better facilities will be available once it is done. The current staff will be moved to new organizations headed by private organizations. They are going to lose their increments, they would even lose their entitlements and treated as new staff in those organizations. The doctors are reluctant at this fact. They fear of quality compromise, destabilization and fragmentation of patients in the private health organizations (McLellan and Middleton and Godlee 2012). The treatment expense is a lot higher than NHS as well. Though there are some negative points of this privatization, it is only fair to focus on the positive aspects so that a better healthy England can be formed with the help of health experts and their cooperation.
The pros and cons of the privatization of NHS is discussed in the above two paragraphs. Both the economical and social aspects and the probable consequences are highlighted. The fact is, the best authority possible should handle a very crucial organization like the NHS. The government is somewhat of reluctant in some of the cases so they are taking the help of the GP services. However, the nursing staff and the doctors are against this, their job security and payment issues must be assured along with their quality training process. It is better to give the entire responsibility to privatized hands if the government is unable to maintain it by checking the authenticity of the organization after a thorough scrutiny.
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