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How has health changed over the years?

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How Health has changed over the Years Ideas about health have changed in two main ways: firstly, the accessibility of services and their funding; and secondly, the methods of providing healthcare. Between the years of 1945 and 1951, a labour government established an extensive health and welfare system. After passing the National Health Service Act in 1946, the healthcare system went into affect in 1948. The Act said that all inhabitants had the right to access free healthcare. Before this change most people were unable to access healthcare because they couldn't afford it. However, the new system became too expensive for the government, so to resolve this they brought in charges for things like prescriptions, dentures and glasses. ...read more.

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To introduce this idea they allowed other hospitals to become trusts, this means they have control over the finance given by the government instead of local authorities. Local authorities (responsible for providing health care) 'buy' health care for their patients from these trusts. Methods of providing health care have changed in many ways. One example is the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics used to be used to cure everything, even the slightest cough or cold. Antibiotics only take affect against bacteria; they don't work on viruses (colds etc). Because of the constant use of the antibiotics, bacteria became 'antibiotic resistant', this means they have adapted and found ways to survive the affects of antibiotics. ...read more.

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therefore antibiotics are more likely to work. Also they had to explain that antibiotics don't cure viruses. Another example of how methods have changed is in baby care. Mothers used to be told to lay their babies on their stomachs in the cot; this was to avoid the babies from choking on sick in their sleep. But, research has shown that 60% more babies who lay on their stomachs than backs, died from cot death. This is probably because of the heat they create from having their faces on the mattress. Mothers are now advised to lay their babies on their backs for more positive results. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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A good piece of work looking at the various changes over the years regarding healthcare. The points made are valid and on the whole, supported with evidence. I would suggest that the writer makes it clear which part of the UK s/he is referring to in the title. I would also suggest that the writer give a timeframe relating to the term ?over the years?. Is the writer referring to 2000-2010 for instance? Consider changes regarding staffing in the NHS, eg. changes in nurse training.
The writing style is good. Try to give an introduction outlining what you will cover in the rest of the piece.
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