If there was a world cup of Global Healthcare systems would the NHS make the play offs?

The answer is by no means straightforward and is complicated by the way data is collected and analysed in different healthcare systems around the world.

Are we close to a top tier ranking? the simple answer is no, but given the percentage of national income spent on healthcare, the NHS is, rather surprisingly, relatively efficient and sits within the top 10 percent of other Global systems.

The Government has very recently committed an extra £20 billion a year and while this amount will not alleviate all the problems that the health service faces, it will allow the NHS to remain true to its founding principle of being free at point of delivery.

Where the NHS stands head and shoulders above all its rivals is its open access to all regardless of means and the total dedication of its staff.

The NHS at 70 has gone from 60,000 nurses to 220,000 and from 11,000 doctors to 118,000 with a total staff in excess of 1.3 million personnel. But staff size alone doesn’t explain the total transformation of the health service in the last 10 years because although the NHS has exploded into a complex, multifaceted dynamic healthcare provider, the number of hospital beds available today has shrunk from 450,000 in 1948 to 120,00 today.

Medical technology, new healthcare techniques, expanding medical services in local communities, integrated healthcare systems, using the internet, triage via skyping and remote monitoring systems are but some of the most exciting changes that have transformed the NHS in the last ten years and will revolutionize healthcare services and its delivery going forward.

A new more caring, more attentive NHS which encourages patients to work in partnership with medical staff to better treat and heal their conditions, will in time allow the NHS to climb to its rightful place among the top healthcare system in the world.