The Wonderful NHS at 70

Delivering care, medical advances and huge improvements to public health

On 5 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, free at the point of delivery.

Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation. The NHS has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, meaning we can all expect to live longer lives.

Duradiamond Healthcare's Chief Medical Officer, Dr Alasdair Emslie comments.

"We feel very proud of our NHS, which, for the majority of healthcare professionals working in occupational medicine today, has provided us with our training, experience and mentorship to care for patients, their families and our society.

"With the challenges of demographics, we must redouble our efforts to prevent illness, create good workplaces and support effective rehabilitation to work for those who become unwell."

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NHS - the last 70 years