The NHS turns 70
Today, the UK’s national health service turns 70 years old – and it is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital roles the service plays in our lives and to thank the remarkable NHS staff – the everyday heroes.
To celebrate BDI Resourcing’s love for the NHS we hosted an NHS 70Tea Party. We had music, cake and games. In this article you can read about the history of the NHS, reasons why we love the UK’s healthcare system and we share some photographs of our celebratory tea party.
History of the NHS
On 5th July 1948, the NHS was launched by the then Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan, at Park Hospital in Manchester (known today as Trafford General Hospital). For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one 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 UK nation. The NHS has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, meaning we can all expect to live longer lives. Before the introduction of the NHS, the average male was expected to live to 65 years of age, but today, male life expectancy has risen to 79 years of age. Life expectancy has increased from 70 years to 83 years for females.
It is thanks to the NHS that we have all but eradicated diseases such as polio and diphtheria, and pioneered new treatments like the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant.
Recently, we have seen innovations like mechanical thrombectomy to improve stroke survival, bionic eyes to restore sight and surgical breakthroughs such as hand transplants.
We have previously written posts on why doctors, nurses and other NHS employees enjoy working for the NHS, but in celebration of the NHS turning 70 and the amazing service they provide to the UK public we wanted to share what we at BDI Resourcing enjoy about the NHS…
Ryan: “I love the NHS as it has cared for my family members when they needed it most with compassion and dignity.”
Luke: “I love the NHS as it is one of the few health services that offers free healthcare”
Tom: “I love the NHS because they provide world class support and treatment for everyone, regardless of how much money you have, your race, your gender or your age. The NHS belongs to everyone.”
Elliott: “I love the NHS because of how it welcomes so many great Doctors from overseas and helps to pave the way for a more multi-cultural society!”
Sebastian: “I love the NHS because by being a free service, it allows patients treatments that they would never be able to afford if they had to find the money themselves, pro-longing lives and giving families the opportunity to be normal.”
Jason: “I love the NHS because the support and guidance it has given to my wife and I through having 3 amazing children has been second to none and you can see the pure passion the doctors and nurses have to help their patients. It has also provided great treatment resolutions to the various broken bones that my children and I have broken over the past few years allowing us to continue normal life.
I would also like to thank the NHS for the extended life it gave to my best friend. The support and treatment given by the service gave me the opportunity to make an amazing friend and without the NHS providing such amazing unprejudiced care he would not have lived the life he lived. Thank you.”
Daniel: “I love the NHS because it continues to be regarded as one of the best healthcare systems in the world. Despite its stresses and strains it is always a constant part of British life and culture which we treasure”
Gabbie: “I love the NHS because on every doctor and hospital visit you experience the passion and care from all doctors and nurses. They work hard and long hours dedicating their lives to saving others and to me, that is a big inspiration”.
Sean: “I love the NHS because the hard work and professionalism of the doctors and nurses saved my Dads life. He was found to have a problem with his heart and the quality of care he received was incredible and he didn’t have to pay a penny. Long live the NHS and the people it saves.”
Guess the baby competition.....
One of the games we pled at our tea party was "guess the baby". Each of us had to bring in a picture of us as a baby and then the rest of the team had to guess the baby!
Here are some of the team replicating their baby pics!