On the 20th of June 2023, the private healthcare experts myTribe Insurance surveyed 2,344 UK adults in conjunction with YouGov to get their current thoughts about the NHS in the UK.
The survey found that only 7% of Brits think the NHS is "Fine as it is", with 84% saying change is needed and 4 in 5 admitting they are worried about the state of healthcare in the UK.
The poll findings, released shortly before the NHS Long-Term Workforce Plan, confirm that the British public wants change and improvements made to healthcare provision.
Regardless of age, gender, region or political leaning, there was a consensus with at least 80% of people saying something needs to change.
In the same poll, people were asked what their biggest worries were with the NHS, with waiting times for treatment topping the list, with close to 3 in 5 citing it as a concern. Second on the list of worries was access and waiting times to see an NHS GP, with half saying it bothered them.
However, despite the larger concerns and a desire for change, the poll found that only 1 in 20 people are worried about the expertise of staff working in the NHS.
Top worries people have about healthcare in the UK:
Chris Steele, Editor of myTribe, said:
This survey shows that the British public, regardless of political tendency, wants change to the NHS. It's fantastic to see the Long Term Workforce Plan being released in this past week. However, many will be wondering what is happening in the short term to improve access to healthcare. At myTribe, we're seeing a growing number of people come to us with questions about health insurance, and we know from our partners that more policies are being sold to people without cover than ever before.
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,344 adults. Fieldworkwas undertaken between 20th - 21st June 2023. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted andare representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).