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NHS Celebrates it’s 63rd Birthday

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Today the NHS celebrated its 63rd birthday. The NHS opened it’s doors to the British public on July 5th 1948 on the premise that good healthcare would be made available for all, regardless of wealth and class.

The service was launched by Health secretary Aneurin Bevan at Park hospital in Manchester. It was the first time that multiple health services including, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists were combined under one roof and fee at the point of delivery, as it is today.

However, those opposed to the recent attempts at NHS reform have argued that Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is steering the institution towards privatisation. Brenden Barber, head of the TUC said, “The government’s proposals go against the very principle of our National Health Service, in which care is based on need not ability to pay. They mean private providers will be able to increase their role in the NHS, simply cherry picking the most lucrative parts for their own private profit to the detriment of the overwhelming majority of patients.”

However, Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, one of the first generation to be born in the NHS, had nothing but praise for the NHS in celebration of it’s birthday, adding, “I want to say a big thank you to all of the dedicated doctors, nurses and everyone else who makes up the NHS across the country, from Birmingham to Berkshire. Just like me, it’s still going strong after 63 years. Long may we both keep it up.”

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