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Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018.

It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are always there to greet, advise, and care for, us.

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We will look at the radical thinking that led to the creation of the NHS, the breakthroughs which have transformed our health and wellbeing and how the service is evolving to meet our future needs, including the wide array of opportunities being created by advances in science, technology and information. 

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 can all play a role in supporting the NHS in this special birthday year. This could be by volunteering, raising money for local NHS charities, or by taking steps to look after our own health and use services wisely.

The NHS70 birthday celebrations started in January 2018 and will peak on 5 July.

Find out more about the NHS 70 celebrations and how you can get involved:

08/05/2018