NHS 65th birthday celebrations at St James

On Friday I was at St James in Leeds with medical staff and patients as well as members of Unison and the TUC to pay tribute to the thousands of staff who have nurtured the health of the nation over the last 65 years.

One of Labour’s proudest achievements is establishing a National Health Service, free at the point of use. This week we’re celebrating its 65th birthday. However what should be a celebration has come at a time of crisis. Across the country, waiting lists are on the rise, there’s crisis in Accident & Emergency, and we’ve seen an expensive and wasteful top down reorganisation that no one voted for and no one wanted.

David Cameron said people could trust him with the NHS and yet just look what he’s doing. It’s not safe in his hands. Now more than ever, and just as we always have, Labour will fight to protect our NHS.

Happy Birthday to the NHS and a big thank you to all the staff who work tirelessly to deliver a fantastic health service, free at the point of use, to patients in our region and right across the country.

Click to see my birthday message to the NHS here:

You can also read more on why Aneurin Bevan is a Labour hero in my Bevan Lecture on the NHS here.

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Posted July 1st, 2013 by Ed