The NHS must be funded for the future

THE National Health Service is under pressure on many fronts, including the challenges of an ageing population and public spending cuts.

Loading Comments

There have been commitments from government north and south of the border to protect the NHS budget from the worst of the cuts experienced by other departments, but ask the people who know, those who work in the service, and they will tell you of the difficulties.

It is hardly surprising the increase in the number of our older people results in an increase in the numbers admitted to hospital.

This is not a sudden development and the rise in the health problems associated with the elderly is also no unexpected development.

It must be ensured that we have enough trained staff, adequate capacity in our hospitals and also a focus on preventative measures to reduce the pressure on the NHS.

Cuts to other departments like local government who deliver much of the community care lead to a greater burden on hospitals and also bed blocking with a lack of suitable care to discharge patients to so the NHS must be seen in context of other services.

Politicians never tire of telling us how much they love the NHS.

It may be true but the proof is in ensuring it is properly staffed and resourced.


Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.


Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email
A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

Chilling in Glasgow's first Ice Bar and getting Mhor than I bargained for




Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.

Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

My thoughts after Police Scotland are ordered to apologise over IRA interrogation techniques slur.

Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.