Happy Birthday NHS!

Our amazing National Health Service is 66 years old this month. But my casework contains some disturbing stories from local people who work in the health service, as well as from patients, about longer waiting times and the privatisation of NHS services.
Because as our national health service passes its 66th birthday we shouldn’t forget that there are those who want to undermine it. Some even outrageously suggest that patients should be charged £10 each time they see their GP.
Earlier this month that proposal was overwhelmingly rejected by the Royal College of Nursing. Quite right too. The NHS was, after all, set up specifically to avoid this kind of charge and to provide healthcare for people based on their need rather than their ability to pay.
The NHS is just as important now as when it was set up 65 years ago – the best insurance policy in the world. I for one will always fight to keep it safe. Happy Birthday NHS!
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Posted July 21st, 2014 by Ed