The Driving Force Behind The NHS

The Driving Force behind the NHS

The NHS celebrates its 70th birthday this year. The UK is so well-known for having an institution that provides healthcare free of charge at the point of delivery. It was launched by Aneurin Bevan the then health secretary at Park Hospital in Manchester in 1948 not that long after the end of World War Two. Do you know about the driving force behind the NHS?

Fairness in healthcare – the driving force behind the NHS

Hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella organisation looking after the health needs of the nation. It meant that great healthcare was not just for the rich and provided reassurance for less well-off individuals and families.

Helping family members

We all have probably had times where the NHS has helped our physical and mental wellbeing. From the baby check, where my parents were told I “babbled a lot” in around 1970 (clearly a blogger in the making) to my later battle with depression, the NHS has served me well over the years.

My husband has seen them really try to get to the bottom of his 3 forms of psoriasis trying so many treatments to tackle his debilitating condition.

My children have not visited the doctor much  but last year my son needed an operation and we did not have to pay. That makes the UK so different from so many countries and also explains the deep affection most people have for our NHS.

Of course, there will be arguments about levels of funding, human errors and the introduction of private sector involvement but in this post I just want to say that the initial idea of the NHS seems very fair and quite revolutionary to me.

I have a friend who is a paramedic and is the most amazing woman. I remember an ambulance turning up when my brother became ill at home and how reassuring it was to feel that someone knew what they were doing and could actually make things better.

The Driving Force

So I was interested to see this infographic from Fulton Leasing introducing some facts about the driving force behind the NHS.



What does the NHS mean to you?

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  • Samantha Donnelly

    I found this really interesting, my Daughter rarely saw the Doctor until she became ill, and even now I try not to see them unless necessary. I had to call an ambulance last year for her and even then I was saying I am so sorry I hope you do not think I am wasting your time. They do an amazing job x

  • Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    Interesting read Kate. From the paramedics to the heart transplant team, we are eternally grateful for what they all did for us as a family when Craig was diagnosed with heart failure. They are all truly amazing and do a fantastic job.

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x

  • The Autism Dada

    I have always felt that we’re very lucky to have the NHS. I know they have gotten a bad rap over the past few years with wait times and so on. But we have to remember we get this resource available to us to make us well where a lot of countries don’t.

    We don’t need to worry about having health care that covers. We get seen by a doctor regardless of our wealth or anything else that matters. Great post and subject. #DreamTeam

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