5 July 2023 marks 75 years of the National Health Service and we want you to help us celebrate this major milestone.
Please get in touch and tell us your stories about the NHS. Have you worked for the NHS? Been a long-term patient or service user? Are you from a family that has a history of working in the NHS? Is the NHS particularly special to you? Tell us your story!
We want to hear from service users, carers, staff, former staff and volunteers about what the NHS means to them.
Please contact us if you are willing to share your story - we only need a few details and, if possible, a photo. Please email Communications@candi.nhs.uk with your story, or to find out more.
The history of the NHS
Treating 1.3 million people a day in England, the NHS touches all our lives, and today we cannot imagine life without it. As we mark 75 years of the NHS, we look back on the achievements of our organisation, as well as looking ahead to the opportunities we have to shape the future. 75 years on, the NHS’s founding principles remain intact. The public still support having a national health service, with 94% of people agreeing that healthcare should be free of charge, 84% that care should be available to everyone, and 62% that the NHS made them most proud to be British.
When it was founded in 1948, the NHS was the first universal health system to be available to all, free at the point of delivery. Those principles remain as relevant, and valued, today as they did in the years after the Second World War.
And since then, the NHS has innovated and adapted to meet the needs of each successive generation, always putting patients at the heart of everything it does.
Between 1948 to 1973, the number of doctors doubled, whilst anaesthetics advanced to enable longer and more complex surgery. Large-scale vaccination programmes protected children from whooping cough, measles and tuberculosis. We delivered huge medical advances, including the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant, to pioneering new treatments, such as bionic eyes to restore sight.