The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018
The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of on The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018 of the nation’s most loved institutions, to talk about the wide array of opportunities being created by advances in science, technology and information, and to thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are always there to greet, advise, and care for, us.
Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world. We will look at the radical thinking that led to the creation of the NHS and its founding principle of free high quality health care for all, how it’s evolved to meet our changing needs and the innovations we can look forward to over the next 70 years.
We are all proud of our NHS. It
has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, meaning
we can all expect to live longer lives. It is thanks to the NHS that we have
all but eradicated diseases such as polio and diphtheria, and pioneered new
treatments like the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant. The NHS
continues to drive innovations in patient care, including mechanical
thrombectomy to improve stroke survival, bionic eyes to restore sight, and
surgical breakthroughs such as hand transplants. Looking to the future, the NHS
is becoming more integrated and investing in new medicines, genetic research
and digital technologies like apps and artificial intelligence, which will
ensure we continue to live longer and healthier lives.
None of this would be possible
without the skill, dedication and compassion of NHS staff, as well as the many
volunteers, charities and communities that support the service.
The NHS is UK’s largest
employer, with over 1.5 million staff from all over the world and more than 350
different careers. We’ll be telling these everyday heroes’ stories throughout
the celebrations: the midwives who deliver us into the world, the GPs and
pharmacists who advise and treat us, the nurses, doctors and other clinicians
who come to our aid when the unexpected happens, the porters who keep our
hospitals moving, the support staff that make appointments happen, the researchers
at the forefront of innovation, and so many others.
The history of the NHS is one
of evolution, of responding to the changing needs of the nation. Today’s NHS is
rising to the challenge of a growing and ageing population, which means
pressures on the service are greater than they have ever been. The population
of England alone has soared by around 17 million people since the NHS was
launched all those years ago, so far more patients now receive life-saving,
life-changing care than ever before - and public satisfaction is higher than
ten or twenty years ago. As the NHS turns 70, we will be talking about plans to
address these pressures and make sure the NHS is fit for the future. This
means, as a priority, making it easier to access your local GP, focusing hard
on improving cancer diagnosis and swift treatment, and making sure that mental
health services and urgent and emergency care are available whenever they’re
Our celebrations will also look
further into the future, at the exciting possibilities being created by
advances in science, technology and information. Innovations such as precision
medicine, artificial intelligence, genomes research and the way we use NHS
services will transform healthcare as we know it. This is a future where healthcare
is based around early detection and preventative care, where patients can
access expert advice on demand, treatments could be tailored to an individual’s
DNA or surgeries be carried out virtually from remote locations.