Funding for both health and social care in the UK has been at critical for the last few years. It may have been that some of the money spent could have been used more effectively. But with the funding cuts imposed on both Local Authority Social Care and the NHS over the last few years much of this has now been addressed. Any cuts now being managed are having a direct effect on the front line services, this then requires services to be cut to the persons who need the services most.
You do not need to be financially educated to see why demand is exceeding funding. With the advances in medical science, the ability for most persons to live longer, the past policies of allowing large scale immigration to the UK have resulted in the greater demand.
To cut front line services for care and support, will mean a drastic reduction in the quality of life for some of the most vulnerable and also chronically ill persons in the UK.
Many feel there is still masses of waste in both health and social care and to over spend on their budgets means there is massive ineffective use of the monies involved. But in many areas this is not so, it is the demand outstripping the funding for supply.
For these persons who feel there is still waste, do they wish for the persons who need to have these services, to not have these, thus resulting in a drastic reduction in their quality of life. In many instances the existing quality of life for these persons will be much lower than that is expected from persons who feel there is waste of financial resources.
The UK needs to take stock of itself and see that it is not the country it once was. We are a small nation in a much larger world. We still wish to see ourselves as the country that can help every other country, but in doing so we are not helping ourselves, especially those in the UK who do need help. We are richer than most, but our finance is much needed at home.
The persons who govern the UK need to take this into consideration. We can not afford to send armed forces here and everywhere, not only do we not have sufficient frontline persons to do so, but the costs relating to equipment and weaponry are so expensive for our meager finances.
As the time long gone when we need to concentrate on the UK and not the wider world. But in doing so will some of our industries that rely on the rest of the world also suffer, the finance centre in London, banking on a global scale, the energy and fuel industries, let alone the balance of payments, the ratio of spending on goods and services coming into the UK and the receipts for goods and services going out of the UK.
Just what is the answer?