Celebrating the Birth of the NHS

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by Kit

No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied aid because of lack of meansNye Bevan

Today is the 69th anniversary of “The Appointed Day”. On July 5th 1948, the Labour government under Prime Minister Clement Attlee, launched their revolutionary National Health Service. In the 69 years since the service, though regularly undermined and underfunded by Tory and New Labour governments, has saved millions of people’s lives, and provided vital support for injured, disabled and chronically ill people who – in any other era of human civilization – would have been forced to live in ruin or die in the gutter.

The importance of this achievement cannot be understated. Built out of a bombed-out and shell-shocked nation after the World War II, what Winston Churchill referred to as “a bankrupt nation”, where food rationing would continue until 1952. It was the product…

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