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Quicklook at Medicine by Ian Grandison

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Chapter Sixteen: Developments in health

Expectations are increasing all the time. This is not surprising. Progress since the foundation of the NHS has been dramatic. There is less stoicism on the part of the public than in the old days. If there is an ailment, it is assumed that a remedy will be provided, free, as part of the operation of the welfare state: “a pill for every ill”. Its resources are sometimes misused, even abused, as people seek professional help for minor things such as colds or small cuts, summon ambulances for non emergencies or appear at Accident and Emergency departments in hospitals for things which could be routinely treated by a GP. These problems are increasing and it is hard to resolve them.

General health levels have ...

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