Established by the Labour Party on the 5th July 1948, the National Health Service in the United Kingdom has reached its 69th birthday. Providing much needed healthcare to thousands, who had previously been denied access essential services, the NHS suddenly became ‘available to all’ at point of delivery within England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, embedding three core principles; to meet the needs of everyone, be free at point of delivery, and all care to be based on clinical need, not financials.
Employing approximately 1.6 million people across the United Kingdom, we take a brief look at te history of the NHS.
1948 – 1960
The NHS was established at a time where railways and electricity became nationalised, against a worldwide sombre mood from the Second World War.
In 1952, prescription charges came into force, which still survives today. Additionally. The Nurses Act cam into force, which established Regional Nurse Training Committees.
1961 – 1981
1982 – 2000
2001 – Present