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 110 thousand doctors, over 317.7 thousand nursing staff and around 351 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 are able to use the NHS public health services for free health check ups 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.
In recent years, the National Health Service has received criticism with respect to the number of healthcare professionals moving abroad, the long working hours and the recent junior doctor strikes in England. The influence of 'Brexit' on the NHS is yet to be seen, with many people wondering if the NHS will receive a higher or reduced level of funding.