Story highlights The National Health Service is reaching its 70th year A series of protests across the UK have noted funding limitations on the service (CNN)Cake. Face painting. Singing. Games. Outside a National Health Service England office in London on Thursday morning were all the elements of a classic children's birthday party. The "party-goers" were the NHS Anti-Swindle Team, a small group of activists marking NHS' 70th anniversary with a series of creative actions and stunts against the government's health care cuts in recent years, in collaboration with groups such as ACT UP London and Docs Not Cops. About 20 activists, young and old, sliced a giant NHS cake symbolizing the health service they say is being broken into pieces and sold to private companies. People wore medical scrubs and masks of people they believe are a threat to the NHS: British business tycoon Richard Branson, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and US President Donald Trump. Protestors wore masks … [Read more...] about National Health Service’s 70th anniversary inspires protests across UK
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PICTURE GALLERY: The NHS in Buxton through the years As the National Health Service blows out 70 candles, special NHS70 events, exhibitions, awards and initiatives are taking place across the country to celebrate the past achievements and the future of the NHS. The celebrations are shining a light on the 1.5 million people across the country who provide the quality service that makes the NHS work every day, while also celebrating the work by volunteers, NHS charities and social care staff, voluntary sector, social enterprise and charity partners.Seventy years ago life in Britain was a very different place. Homelessness was rife, millions lived in squalor, education was poor, unemployment was high and the country was plagued by ill health. The country had also been ravaged by the Second World War and was struggling with continued austerity measures.It was in dire need of support and economist William Beveridge’s proposals for a new welfare state to tackle the ‘Five … [Read more...] about NHS 70: Pictures of the National Health Service in Buxton from down the years
It was launched by Aneurin Bevan in 1948 and now 70 years later the NHS is celebrating a landmark anniversary. File photo of the NHS logo as the National Health Service (NHS) prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Much has changed as the health service has evolved to reach its platinum year, but the core values of meeting the needs of everyone, being free at the point of delivery, and being based on clinical need, not the ability to pay. In 1948 Mr Bevan, then health minister, dubbed the NHS the “biggest single experiment in social service that the world has ever seen undertaken”. The next year, in 1949, the health service was given the power to charge for prescriptions and by 1952 the NHS could charge one shilling (5p) for a prescription and a flat rate of £1 for dental treatment. Up until 1954 parents of children in hospital had only been allowed to visit them for an hour on Saturdays and Sundays but paediatricians Sir James … [Read more...] about NHS70: Our health service’s milestones
THE NHS has been a part of British society for almost 70 years, delivering world-class health care to the nation, free at the point of use. Here we look back at the birth of the service and why it was created in the first place. When is the NHS 70th anniversary? The National Health Service turns 70 on July 5, 2018. It marks exactly seven decades since the beginning of the service promising healthcare from cradle to grave, free at the point of use for everyone. Today the NHS is the UK’s largest employer, with over 1.5 million staff from all over the world and more than 350 different careers. Its budget for 2018-19 is £126.3billion. NHS70 is running celebrations throughout the year and looking back at the history. For details on how to get involved, visit the NHS70 website. Why was the NHS created and who did it? Before the existence of the NHS patients in Britain were required to pay for their health care. Some voluntary hospitals did provide free treatment but for most they … [Read more...] about When is the NHS 70th Anniversary, why was the National Health Service created and when did Aneurin Bevan conceptualise it?
Tomorrow will mark the 70th birthday of our national health service. Some huge things have been achieved in its seven decades of history - including the launch of the contraceptive pill in 1961, the UK's first heart transplant in 1968, and the creation of the organ donor register in 1994.Ahead of NHS 70 on July 4, students, academics on the frontline and an NHS leader have shared their thoughts on the service and their hopes for the long-term future of UK healthcare.Kate Snowdon: Trainee Paramedic at University of SunderlandWhat originally made you want to be part of the NHS?I liked the idea of working out in the community and going to different places. Previously I worked in pubs and restaurants, so I knew I enjoyed working in a fast-paced environment and with the public. I also wanted a job that made me feel like I was contributing to something bigger than myself.What is your earliest memory of needing/using the NHS?I think my earliest memory of using the NHS would be visiting the … [Read more...] about ‘Why I wanted to work for the health service’