In this report, I am going to investigate business and economics in selected businesses. In this third task my learning outcome is as follows – Stakeholders, how influential are they? I will investigate this learning outcome through researching the NHS. The National Health Service or NHS as it is more commonly known, was set up on the 5th July 1948 to provide healthcare for all citizens, based on need, not the ability to pay.
The NHS is funded by the taxpayer and managed by the Department of Health, which sets overall policy on health issues. It is the responsibility of the Department of Health to provide health services to the general public through the NHS. NHS aims:- 1. Prevent ill health 2. Services for Patients: to organise services across our Hospitals so that all patients receive an appropriate and responsive service to assured standards of clinical care.
At the moment NHS is run to satisfy customers whereas if it were to go into the private sector then its aims might change to raise a profit which wouldn’t be beneficial for the people in care, because they would be treated more as a figure or target rather than a patient. To meet these aims NHS sets themselves objectives which are: 1. Reduce waiting lists, at the moment NHS is failing this objective as the average waiting time in an emergency is 1 hour and 20 minutes 2. Provide satisfactory services to patients.
NHS is again failing to meet this objective as there is a shortage of staff. 3. Proceed with further research and development. This will help them to find cures for particular diseases. If the NHS was to be moved to the private sector, it will create an incentive for hospitals to become more efficient because of the increase in competition. This could benefit the consumer as there will be more choice available, and the service provided will be of good quality. However as explained before it could hinder the amount of care the patient gets because they wouldn’t be treated as a person.
Furthermore it could add significant costs to the patient who will have to personally pay for all their treatment. There will be some who will not be able to afford it, and some might have the incentive to delay treatment. <br< p=””></br<> Display complete essay The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Healthcare section.