By Chris WilliamsonPublished 03 January 2016 15:55:00With a population of more than 5.4 million, the UK is the world’s second largest economy, with nearly half the population under the age of 25 and more than 1 million people on the brink of dying.
The government is committed to making it the safest country in the world, but its own health services have struggled to meet that standard.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the UK’s healthcare system is one of the worst in the developed world.
It is estimated that more than one-third of all hospital beds in the UK are unused, with patients unable to access treatment or even see a doctor, and many hospitals have had to close in recent years due to a lack of funds.
The government has been criticised for failing to ensure that healthcare is available in the most efficient way, and for failing in its obligation to invest in new healthcare technology, such as virtual reality headsets, to enable patients to better understand their health.
It has been revealed that in February 2016, the health service paid a $5.9m (£4.3m) fine to the UK Medical Research Council (UKMRC), which runs NHS hospitals, after failing to make timely referrals to new technologies.
The UKMRC, which is funded by the Department for Health, had spent over £500m over the last five years on its flagship health technology, including £200m for its virtual reality technology, the Oculus Rift.UKMrc had said that it had identified “challenges” in its ability to meet its performance targets, and had launched a review of the systems it had deployed and the funding it had provided.
The investigation has been set up to determine if the UKMrc’s management and investment practices were at fault.
A senior UKMRA executive has now resigned, following the investigation into the healthcare sector’s performance.
A number of senior NHS managers have also been sacked, and the health sector has been put under investigation.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Department of Health said: “We can confirm that two individuals have resigned from their roles as the UK MRCs director and the director of the Health Technology Centre, the organisation responsible for running NHS hospitals.”
The UK MRA has launched an independent review of its management and investments and will continue to work closely with its customers, stakeholders and suppliers to improve the health and wellbeing of patients.
“It is important that we do all we can to improve our systems and services and ensure they meet the needs of patients and their families.”
We continue to engage with our customers and stakeholders to address any issues they may have and to ensure our services are delivered in a safe, responsible and efficient manner.
“The NHS is in the midst of a crisis, as more than 100,000 patients die each year from preventable preventable diseases.