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Urgent action needed on public health

12th May 2017

Doctors' leaders warn the UK is facing a public health 'ticking time bomb'.

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Friday 12th May 2017 @ 19:20

The BMA has given a set of some good suggestions to improve the health system by the NHS and the Government and has also suggested that there should not be any cuts in the health system. This matter of public health and the NHS, it seems, is a complex one and involves not one or two components but a plethora of ills. And, surely, one major contributing factor for the ills faced by the NHS is the unmindful rushing to the infirmary and the A&E by people for as simple maladies as a light headache or a bout of repeated sneezes or a passing feeling that one is depressed and so needs immediate medical attention. These are simple ailments which can be attended to at home or which will pass off after an hour or two. But no, the person, rushes to the A&E thinking and demanding that he needs immediate medical attention. Unless, this mindset and attitude is somehow changed, the A&Es and Medical Units and the Medical staff are bound to be under pressure and, in turn, the NHS is sure to face increasing burden and avoidable costs. One remedial action to deter persons from rushing to the Units for simple ailment is to levy a very small and negligible fees for every visit, even thought it can be as less as 50 pence.

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