Happy Birthday NHS!

Happy Birthday NHS!

Happy Birthday NHS! As our infamous National Health Service turns 70 today, we take this opportunity to celebrate it’s achievements and to thank the extraordinary 1.4 million NHS staff members, who make it all possible.

Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world. We will look at the radical thinking that led to the creation of the NHS, how it’s evolved to meet our changing needs and the innovations we can look forward to over the next 70 years.

Where it all Began

Health Secretary, Aneurin Bevan, launched the NHS at Park Hospital in Manchester (now known as Trafford General Hospital) on 5th July 1948. This began with a hugely ambitious plan to bring good healthcare to all.

For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella organisation to provide services that were free for all at the point of delivery.

The health service would be available to all and financed entirely from taxation, which means that people pay into it according to their means.

Learn more about the history of the NHS here.

Innovation of the NHS

The National Health Service has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, meaning we can all expect to live longer lives.

It is thanks to the NHS that we have all but eradicated diseases such as polio and diphtheria, and pioneered new treatments like the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant.

Looking to the future, the NHS is becoming more integrated and investing in new medicines, genetic research and digital technologies like apps and artificial intelligence, which will ensure we continue to live longer and healthier lives.

NHS Employees

Without the skill, dedication and compassion of NHS staff, as well as the many volunteers, charities and communities that support the service, the NHS would not exist.

We want to say a massive THANK YOU to each and every member of staff that make the National Health Service possible.

The NHS is the UK’s largest employer and world’s 5th largest employer, with over 1.4 million staff from all over the world and more than 350 different careers, and we are grateful to each and every one. From the midwives who deliver us into the world, the GPs and pharmacists who advise and treat us, the nurses and doctors who come to our aid when the unexpected happens, the support staff that make appointments happen, the researchers at the forefront of innovation, and the list goes on.

Several NHS staff members share their proudest moments at work in the video below.

How we can help

Peto is a provider of cloud based software as a service (SaaS) combining technology with market mechanisms to generate and sustain procurement savings on low to medium value recurring purchasing.

Our focus is on the public sector and in particular the NHS. Drawing on a number of years experience with the largest NHS in the United Kingdom Peto has developed a platform which, working alongside inhouse teams, can deliver and sustain lower prices in a cost efficient fashion.

Get in touch to find out how we can save your NHS organisation money, by calling 0117 313 1282 or send us an email to info@peto.co.uk.

Image credit: NHS England


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