Happy Birthday to the National Health Service (NHS), which is turning 70!

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THE National Health Service (NHS) is turning 70 on July 5, and we think that there’s never been a better time to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most-loved, and most-needed institutions.

If you need reminding just how incredible our NHS is – why not check out the video above for some pretty mind-blowing facts and figures.

We want to hear your thoughts on the NHS. Have you or a family member ever been helped out by a member of the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who guide, support and care for us, day in, day out?

We’re putting together a special report on the NHS, and want to include your thoughts – what does the NHS mean to you, and how do think it’s doing?

Write your thoughts in the comments, and you might get in the paper next week!

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joep101 · 6 years ago

I love the National Health Service - it is free and benefits everybody. It also helps people find jobs; however, recently I have found the NHS has not been having the money it should have, for example:

When the country's budget was put out, only £1 billion was donated to the NHS whilst our Prime Minister expects to pay £13.5 billion for Brexit.

Many hospitals' car parks are private and you have to pay to park there. This means that the not only the patient has to pay its own money (some may be in very poor) but the staff do too (a lot of staff in the NHS aren't getting payed enough money. The parking makes staff even poorer.)

There are 30,000 children/teenagers in gangs at the moment. This stat means that means that the number of knife injuries is increasing - as is the number of drug-related problems. These problems not only affect our country's youth, it also means that the NHS must need more money to provide healthcare. Money that the government are not paying.

The country's life expectancy has increased by twelve years in the last seven decades, this means the NHS will have to stay with them much longer. Therefore, hospital beds will and are getting very crowded; the hospitals will need more money to buy more extensions. Again, the Conservatives are not paying the National Health Service enough to pay for these extensions.

Nevertheless, happy birthday NHS - we will certainly be raising a cuppa for you in my house!

apple92 · 6 years ago

I didn’t know that the NHS employs 106,430 doctors!However,I’m sad that it costs £120bn to run the service a year.I don’t want it to be just under £2k for every patient.

That’s all from me.Happy birthday!

malimoo · 6 years ago

I am so happy ? that the NHS has been going on for 70 years now!
The NHS help so many people get better so thank you ? very much for doing what you do!