Market Research Uncovers Waning Public Confidence in NHS

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11th July 2012 16:34 - Health

A survey of 2,000 Britons on behalf of the Benenden Healthcare Society has revealed a serious lack of public confidence in the future of the NHS.

In total, two in five respondents said they do not believe that the NHS will be there for them in ten years’ time, while only a third think the health service will even exist in 20 years.

Further findings are that 89% of the surveyants believe that the NHS will be on hand to provide good quality healthcare in the case of an emergency, however only 48% have similar confidence if they experiences a chronic condition such as stress or back pain.

Just 11% believe that the recent NHS reforms announced by the government will strengthen the position of the NHS in the future. In addition, most of the respondents feel that only 13% of the nation’s healthcare budget should be spent on private services which can be accessed through health insurance.

Chief Executive of Benenden Healthcare Society, Ken Hesketh, commented: “The public are clearly concerned about what lies further down the road when it comes to healthcare reassurance. What these findings ultimately show is that there is a real need for further consideration and debate around the future of healthcare provision and how improvements in standards can be financed going forward.”

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