'We are losing nurses. We are losing beds': Why healthcare funding is sparking so much U.K. election debate
2019-12-03 from cbc.ca
Yasaman Barzin is a junior doctor in the United Kingdom's National Health Service. She has worked in hospitals across England and is based in an emergency department in the southeast.
With each posting, her concerns have increased about the state of the NHS. As the U.K. heads towards a general election brought on by the stalemate of Brexit, she decided the best way she could contribute her voice to the debate about the NHS's future was to speak publicly to passengers on busy commuter trains.
"I'm here because the NHS is in crisis," Barzin told passengers recently. "In the last few years, we have had cuts. We are losing nurses. We are losing beds."
The British are not known to be chatty on public transport, but it didn't put Barzin off as she spoke out, explaining how her patients in the emergency department have had to wait more than 24 hours for a bed on a ward and how she has seen children under 16 wait three days for an emergency Mental Health Act assessment.
She has increased the number of these "train talks" as the U.K.'s Dec. 12 general election gets closer. So far, she has done more than eight and sees it as her duty to share her personal experience of the NHS, hoping to influence voters to think about the NHS and the political promises being made when they vote.
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