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Should the NHS fund it?

Updated Wednesday 13th June 2018

The NHS and government has to decide whether to fund certain healthcare treatments or services. Would you fund the following ten big issues? Vote in our polls...

The NHS only has a certain amount of money, so understandably cannot fund every treatment available. Would you fund the following ten problems? Vote in our polls and see how your responses compare to other people's.

1: Weight loss surgery

Have your say
Obesity is one of the biggest health and wellbeing challenges facing the NHS. Should the NHS fund gastric bands and gastric bypasses to help tackle the ‘obesity epidemic’?
Yes, the NHS should fund weight loss surgery.
50% (4 votes)
No, the NHS should not fund weight loss surgery.
50% (4 votes)
Total votes: 8

2: In vitro fertilisation (IVF) 

Have your say
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) helps people have a baby when they are struggling to get pregnant and costs around £4,000 per cycle. Should the NHS fund this?
Yes, the NHS should fund IVF.
83% (5 votes)
No, the NHS should not fund IVF.
17% (1 vote)
Total votes: 6

3: Sugar/fat tax

Have your say
Should the government tax ‘unhealthy foods’ (i.e. foods very high in fats and/or sugar), in the same way that they tax alcohol and tobacco?
Yes, unhealthy foods should be taxed.
60% (3 votes)
No, unhealthy foods should not be taxed.
40% (2 votes)
Total votes: 5

4: Mental health services

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Have your say
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, so should the government increase its funding of mental health services?
Yes, the government should fund more mental health services.
100% (5 votes)
No, the government should not fund any more mental health services.
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 5

5: Ageing population

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Have your say
Almost one quarter of the population is over 65 years old, should there be an increase in funding specifically for the social care of older adults?
Yes, there needs to be more social care funding for the ageing population.
50% (2 votes)
No, there does not need to be more social care funding for the ageing population.
50% (2 votes)
Total votes: 4

6: Prevention of conditions or health issues

 

Have your say
Over £7 billion is spent on the prevention of health issues (such as obesity), more than £93 billion is spent on curing conditions, and over £22.6 billion on delivering long term care for people. Should the government spend more on prevention?

7: NHS staff

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Have your say
Should the government be actively working towards increasing the number of nurses working in hospitals and elsewhere (e.g. in the community)?
Yes, the government should pay for more nurses.
100% (4 votes)
No, the government should not pay for more nurses.
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 4

8: ‘Bed blockers’

Have your say
Should the government be spending more money and allocating more resources into supporting efficient hospital discharges, to prevent ‘bed blockers’?

9: End of life drugs

Have your say
Should the government prioritise the funding for ‘end of life drugs’ that support people with terminal illnesses live a little longer (i.e. provide them with several more days of life)?

10: Digital technologies

Have your say
Should the government invest more money into developing digital technologies for the NHS (e.g. to improve the online booking processes for hospitals and to help ensure digital medical records are accurate)?
Yes, the government should invest more money into digital technologies.
25% (1 vote)
No, the government should not invest more money into digital technologies.
75% (3 votes)
Total votes: 4

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