Across Britain people are coming together today to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS. And what better way to mark the occasion than by giving thanks and recognition to its extraordinary staff, the everyday heroes that go above and beyond, day in day out to look after us.
The National Health Service was founded in 1948 by Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan, as part of his vision to make universal healthcare accessible to all regardless of wealth. Today, 70 years later the NHS is renowned and admired throughout the world for the high level of care that it provides to patients.
Buildings around the country, from the Blackpool Tower to the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye will be lighting up blue this evening to celebrate this incredible milestone. Special ceremonies are also due to be held at Westminster Abbey and York Minster to acknowledge the achievements of the much-loved institution.
To get Britain involved, NHS Charities have organised a nationwide tea party, NHS 7Tea which aims to raise funds by bringing the nation together to share a brew.
We are proud to work with over 150 NHS Trusts and support their staff, helping them to stay safe and continue doing the fantastic job they do.
In uncertain times the future of the NHS remains unclear, but one thing for sure we should cherish it and the wonderful people that it employs.
On behalf of all of us we’d like to you to join us in wishing the NHS a very Happy Birthday… Here’s to the next 70 years!