Let's start with some astonishing statistics. These aren't your
run-of-the-mill boring statistics - these are really scary - no,
truly frightening statistics.
*those actually working
|Total NHS staff
To put it simply, 43 out of every 1000 UK jobs
(4.3%) are with the NHS. This makes the NHS the third largest
non-military employer in the world after Walmart (1.9 million)
and Indian Railways (1.6 million).
Even more scary is the fact that whilst Indian
Railways employs about 0.16% of all Indians, and Walmart (in the
US) employs about 0.42% of Americans, the NHS employs over 2.1%
of the entire UK population.
Or to put it another way, those running the NHS
are not only responsible for looking after the nation's health,
but also have a huge effect on our ability to create a prosperous
nation (we need healthy citizens to produce national income) and
on the vast amount of our money that they spend on our behalf.
Toss in the fact that most (if not all) government
decisions concerning the NHS are made to win votes (you didn't think
they are made to help patients did you?) and it's easy to see why
the way our NHS is run is absolutely vital to each
and every one of us.
Because most of us look to the NHS for the majority,
if not all, of our healthcare requirements, we must
make its management our concern.
Do you really think the NHS is well run?
Most of you will know at least one person who
works for the NHS - ask them!
Then take a look around NHSBlog
and get involved in trying to improve the NHS.
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