In the Proceedings of the IAHCP 26th Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference, Blackpool, UK, 18 – 21 July 2015
Professor Kingsley Osonnaya informed conference that maintaining the challenges in medical practice in the 21st Century is extremely important for healthcare professionals, and it is the tenet of medical ethics in relation to delivering medical practice in order to care for the sick and disabled.
He went on to point out that the issues of maintaining the challenges in medical practice in the 21st Century, and caring for the sick and disabled have created high public health expectations at both national and international level. These demands for good healthcare and high class treatment are exacerbated by patients’ requests for high quality of care and the fact that people are now living longer due to advances in medicine, which also generated higher expectations from patients from healthcare professionals to perform impossible tasks of meeting the desires of the sick and disabled to regain good health by all means, but at a low cost of healthcare treatment irrespective of whether it is possible to achieve or not. Professor Kingsley Osonnaya suggested that the current demand for such high quality of medical care at a low cost budget is unsustainable.
He continued by informing conference that with the current economic climate, high unemployment and the notion that people are only willing to pay relatively fewer taxes due to rising cost of living expenses, and the fact that the “baby-boomer generation” would be leaving the workforce made funding the healthcare extremely difficult. This would also mean the poor people would generate higher mortality rates against the rich who can afford to pay for their medical care privately.
Professor Kingsley Osonnaya explained that at the peak of expectation from patients of high quality of cost-effective medical treatment, at a considerably cheaper rate, a prediction that innovative technology, such as ‘Robot’ Doctors or Nurses, might be introduced to advanced medical care. He highlighted, however, that one typical question that might remain unanswered is: Who would like to be treated by Robot healthcare professionals and how reliable would they be? This will be one of the many challenges facing healthcare professionals.
Professor Kingsley Osonnaya went on to explain that his objective for this review was to discuss the lack of funding to maintain public health expectations of high quality of patient care at a low cost from the healthcare professionals, and to look at the future of innovative technology in meeting the demands of society, nationally and internationally.
He went on to inform conference that he had made a systematic review of the literature, his own research and experiences, and expert opinions in all areas of healthcare. He reviewed online resources, books and journals from 1960 to 2015 and used findings from various research projects of his work analysis. He added that a consensus expert’s opinion on all issues of quality in healthcare was also obtained including government policies.
Professor Kingsley Osonnaya concluded by telling conference that the concept of maintaining medical practice in the 21st Century and the notion of caring for the sick and disabled poses a considerable burden not only on the government, healthcare professionals and the patients, but also on the society and the economy, both at national and international levels. These are global issues which require the intervention of innovative technology and will continue to pose considerable challenges in healthcare in the 21st Century.
Correspondence: Professor Kingsley Osonnaya, Medico-Legal Researcher, London, England, UK
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