Staff, capacity, equipment, medicines in our hospitals and care-homes have been pushed to the limit by the covid-19 crisis. This is due in part to the need to cater for people whose life-style has brought about illness unnecessarily. Overeating and poor diet generally, lack of exercise, substance abuse, smoking, pursuit of dangerous sports can all lead to conditions which may require hospitalisation. Eradicate these, and the health service would flourish. As long as the NHS picks up the bill and provides treatment free of charge, no one is encouraged to look after his or her own health. The result is that the resources of the NHS are stretched to cover patients who need not be in the doctor‚’s surgery or in hospital at all, at the expense of those who are ill through no fault of their own. In short, we need to free up space.
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