More people would get involved in voluntary work if we threw open the doors of our hospitals and care homes and made it easier for them
There is a good chance that the last time you or a relative visited a hospital, volunteers were helping to provide the services that you needed. Hopefully they made what can be a stressful experience easier or better. For some, the care and support of volunteers might also have led to an improved health outcome. From â€œexpert patientsâ€� to volunteer drivers, befrienders to human satnavs, people giving their time to help others are the core of our health system, both past and present.
With an estimated 3 million volunteers supporting the overstretched health and social care system we need to change the question of â€œwhy are we relying upon unpaid volunteers?â€� to â€œwhy arenâ€™t we getting more citizens involved in the NHS?â€�
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