NHS at 70
When Nye Bevan launched the NHS on July 5, 1948, he said the UK now had “the moral leadership of the world.” Seventy years later, as it celebrates its anniversary, the NHS still provides free health care to all UK citizens. However, it is struggling. According to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, last year’s winter crisis was its “worst ever”. Scandals have damaged its reputation. And although the government recently announced a “birthday present” of £20 billion per year, doctors warn that this still “falls short of what is needed.” In this series, The Day interviews some of the men and women of the NHS.
Happy Birthday NHS! Now bring on the robots
Will technology save the NHS? The National Health Service turns 70 today, but tight budgets and surging demand have put its future in doubt. Here are five ways futuristic tech could help.
Dr Asif Hamid: Why I opted to leave the NHS
What is the future of the NHS? Dentist Asif Hamid has fixed teeth all over the world, including in disaster zones. He worked and trained in the NHS, but says the bureaucracy drove him to quit.
Dr Peach: The NHS is a political football
How will the NHS look at 100? Dr Chris Peach worked as a GP for 35 years. He talks to The Day about how the NHS has transformed in that time, and...
Sarah: You’ve got to really want to help people
What is the future of the NHS? Sarah Harkness is on the board of NHS Improvement. She talks to The Day about management, social care, and how to...
Nurse Ellie: Every day is my proudest moment
How will the NHS look at 100? To celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS, The Day is interviewing those who hold the UK’s health in their hands....