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City celebrates 70 years of the NHS

Event featured an exhibition and stalls from the School of Health Sciences

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City, University of London celebrated the 70th anniversary of the NHS with a special event on Thursday 5th July.

Featuring an exhibition and stalls from the School of Health Sciences in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre foyer, materials and memorabilia included NHS glasses and hearing aids which illustrated how healthcare – and the NHS itself - has changed and evolved since its inception. There was also a film shown which interviewed staff from across City about their experiences of the NHS.

On the 5th July 1948, the NHS was launched by the then Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan, at Park Hospital in Manchester, with the immortal quote “it will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it”.

The NHS itself was founded on the basis of three core principles:

  • That it meets the needs of everyone
  • That it be free at the point of delivery
  • That it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay

As a result, for the first time hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under the same umbrella to provide services for free at the point of delivery.

Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world.

The NHS has also delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, meaning we can all expect to live longer lives. It is also thanks to the NHS that we have all but eradicated disease such as polio and diphtheria and pioneering new treatments like the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplants.

In more recent times, we have seen innovations like mechanical thrombectomy to improve stroke survival, bionic eyes to restore sight and surgical breakthroughs such as hand transplants.

Julie Attenborough, said:

“City, University of London is proud to be celebrating 70 years of the National Health Service. It was great to see staff and students working together to talk about what the NHS means to them, and the really interesting exhibitions about our healthcare professions through the ages! Special thanks to everyone who supported this amazing event.”

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