During the last decade the private sector in the UK has expanded rapidly due in part to the long waiting times for outpatient consultations and elective surgeries. In response, to improve health care delivery the National Health Services (NHS) has outlined the following several measures to focus on the patient's needs:
- Information for patients
- More hospitals and beds
- Shorter waiting times for hospital and doctor appointments
- Cleaner hospital wards
- Reward system for NHS organizations that provide quality care.
Examine and discuss three issues that are creating challenges for the overall UK health care system.
Please cite references.