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.