In the past, health officials have also called for how the NHS is managed to be changed, and there are concerns about the rise in privatisation.
Should this occur, many are worried the NHS would become akin to services found in the US, one where only those who can afford it can access it.
When asked about the future of the service, Dr Patrick said he was concerned.
He also added: “I know good people who have or are leaving. They’re exhausted and tired of having little control over where and when they work, and they want to be better renumerated.”