Happy birthday NHS!
The NHS is 69 years young today and as people up and down the country celebrates its magnificent existence, we wanted to share a few of the reasons why the NHS is great.
1) The Amazing Staff
It wouldn’t be possible to run a 7-day NHS, caring for millions of people day-in-day-out without the hard work and dedication of its staff. Despite all the adversity that’s thrown at them: poor pay, bursary cuts, hospital parking fines and staff shortages to name a few; they continue to become stronger and relentlessly deliver fantastic healthcare to the nation
2) Free at the point of use
In 1948, Aneurin Bevan launched the NHS and for the first-time doctors, nurses, opticians, dentists and pharmacists all worked under one organisation, free at the point of use. When you really think about it, the amount of people that the NHS has helped, saved and cared for and cured is incomprehensible. And in times when potential privatisation continues to be a concern, we have to stand strong and be thankful of the NHS, what it stands for and everything it has done for us.
Recent tragic events that have taken place in London, Manchester and Grenfell Tower have once again highlighted the strength, professionalism and bravery of our healthcare staff. The new series of ‘Hospital’ on BBC Two told the story of the NHS in unprecedented times, with the first episode being filmed as the Westminster terror attack took place.
It is truly inspiring to see how amazing the staff handled the awful situation and it was a testament to every healthcare worker throughout the UK. You are a credit to our nation and we couldn’t be more proud.
What would we do without you?