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NHS72 – A chance to commemorate and to say thank you

Thank You NHS for who you are and what you do. The nation owes you a debt of gratitude. 

‘Nothing inspires national pride quite like the National Health Service. More than two-thirds of respondents in a recent poll said they considered the establishment of the institution, which turns 70 this week, to be Britain’s greatest achievement.’

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the creation of the National Health Service and patients, members of the public and NHS staff are celebrating the occasion.

It was on July 5, 1948, that Labour health secretary Aneurin Bevan officially launched the NHS - a healthcare service for all, funded solely through taxation, that was free at the point of use. His overriding principle was that “no society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.” 

Seven decades on and this week the entire country is coming together to celebrate the continued success of such a lauded institution, a beacon of hope to the world.

'The NHS promises to provide good healthcare to everyone and it looks after, on average, 1 million people every 36 hours.

If you get ill, have an accident, need an operation, have a baby – the NHS is there for you. What an amazing way to reduce everyone’s stress levels and create a more caring society.

As if that wasn’t enough, the NHS is also super efficient. The NHS is one of the best healthcare systems in the world – and unlike many others, remains free at the point of delivery.'-Photo: pbs.twimg.com

I can write millions and millions of words, praising our beloved NHS. But, today, on this very happy day, the 70th Birthday of our NHS, I want to join this celebration by first giving thanks to the NHS and all those who have made it the greatest institution this country has ever seen, and then, by showcasing some of the NHS Blogs, articles, etc, that I have posted on the GCGI website over the past few years.

“We love our health service. We love it in a way that has no parallel in other countries.’

The NHS: The Healthcare for the Common Good

God Bless the NHS: Roger Taylor

The Spirit of '45: When Britons Chose the Common Good

Thanks, Danny Boyle, for Celebrating the Common Good

Britain’s greatest achievement: Wishing Our Precious NHS a Very Happy 70th Birthday

In Memoriam: Healthcare Workers Who Have Died of COVID-19

Photo: Medscape

 Tribute to the health workers named so far (as of 28 May 2020)

They gave their lives so that we may live ours- lest we forget.

Photo:PA Wire

Thank You NHS for who you are and what you do. The nation owes you a debt of gratitude.