NHS has been gradually defunded to appear as dysfunctional so they can make the case of selling it off to private hands. Not that inside the NHS there hasn't been a waste of public money especially when constructing new hospitals. I had a friend that works in a company for electrical installations and said they changed their requirements 3 times before completing the work, costing them about 10 million pounds extra of what they would have had to pay if it was someone that knew what the hospital required from the beginning. I don't know if there's abuse of the system but unless you go private (and pay a boatload of money) or are dying there's no way you'll see a specialist in a timely manner. So something that could have been easily prevented will most probably end up being a serious ailment by the time you see someone that knows what they're looking for. Even if you want to do routine blood tests every year they'll turn you away because you're not ove 55 or some crap like that.