Beveridge’s Five Evils
The Beveridge report was a document that marked the beginning of the welfare state in 1940. Liberal economist William Beveridge proposed a number of social reforms to tackled, what he proposed as society’s 5 evils during World War II
- Want: throughout the war time era many, many people lived in poverty, a benefits system was introduced for those living in severe poverty
- Disease: this was the beginning of the National health Service in order to eliminate disease caused by poverty, poor living conditions and malnutrition
- Ignorance: this drove educational reforms within schools allowing children to be properly educated rather than working from an early age
- Squalor: a programme was introduced to tackles poor living conditions or inadequate housing, therefore many government owned housing was built to cater for those in need.
- Idleness: this was addressed by putting practices in place to increase employment rates within the country
This paved the way for the British welfare state – aiming to eradicate these problems.
The History Of The NHS
On 5th July 1948 the NHS was born – revolutionising British history forever. Providing healthcare to everyone at point of care, being no longer exclusive to those who could afford it. The NHS was completely funded by the tax payer – helping shape society as equal. Over the years the NHS has gone through many improvements and changes over the years.
Improvement Of Healthcare
With the growth of technology came the growth of healthcare innovations. Clinical trials have been around for years – testing new technologies to improve and eradicate health conditions. Clinical Metadata will first be gathered before tests are carried out. Metadata can simply be defined as data about data. Data is gathered and then analysed to help researchers and scientists begin testing new medicines.
The Future Of Healthcare
- GP & Patient interaction: Using technology to get real time results or diagnoses rather than waiting weeks for an appointment. Using technology to connect the GP to other healthcare professionals straight away, preventing passing the patient around different offices.
- Prevention of hearth disease: Using wearable technology to monitor conditions in real time to gather data much faster and therefore come up with a diagnosis and solution much quicker.
- Robots & Independent living: those with disabilities or the elderly population will soon benefits from robot technology that can help them live a more independent lifestyle.
- Nano-medicine cures blindness and cancer: this filed is incredibly complex and a number of clinical trials have and will need to be carried out, however there has been some progress in how this works – however positive tests have been carried out which leads the way to curing blindness and some cancers.