Over 50s believe NHS will worsen

A new study has revealed the older generations in Britain are losing confidence in the NHS as 35 per cent believe the service will worsen over the next five years.

Only 43 per cent of over 50s rated their experience with the NHS in the last two years as "very good" in a survey conducted by Saga Health.

Saga examined the reasons why popularity for the NHS has dwindled as over 500,000 over 50s have moved towards private health insurance.

The number one reason given was to "avoid the NHS waiting list".

Andrew Goodsell, executive chairman of Saga Group, sympathised: "If they suffer a medical problem, they want to get treated and recuperate as quickly as possible to get on with their busy lives."

Other reasons given included the option to choose when and where to receive treatment and the guarantee of a cleaner and more comfortable hospital.

The survey has been released shortly after chancellor Alistair Darling's pre-Budget report which outlined a restructuring of public health services.

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