National Health Service (NHS) UK - Statistics & Facts

The National Health Service (NHS) was founded in 1948 and has grown into the world’s largest publicly funded health service. The NHS is the name given to the public health service, which is devolved in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The main principle of the NHS is that healthcare should be available to all who require it. In the United Kingdom, healthcare expenditure accounts for 9.6 percent of the GDP. Expenditure on healthcare in the UK has generally been on the increase, with more financial spending on public healthcare than on private healthcare.

In light of this, the NHS is the largest public employer in the United Kingdom, with an estimated 1.3 million staff comprising of over 112 thousand doctors, approximately 289.8 thousand nursing staff and around 326 thousand support staff to clinical staff.

As the leading provider of healthcare in the United Kingdom, the NHS provides a range of healthcare services for citizens who are ordinarily resident in the UK. Individuals can use the NHS public health services for free health checkups and consultations with medical staff. The NHS also provides dental services, with costs varying between the different countries of the UK. Eye examinations are also available through the NHS.

Recently, the NHS has been receiving some criticism regarding accident and emergency (A&E) department waiting times in England. The target is that 95 percent of attendees to A&E should be seen within four hours, although the last time this target was met was in 2013. The UK’s departure from the EU may also have a heavy impact on the NHS and its workings. Over half of healthcare professionals in the UK who were surveyed believe Brexit will have a negative impact on the NHS. Furthermore, twelve percent of healthcare professionals know a colleague who has left their job due to Brexit.

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