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NHS at 70: how Bevan's announcement transformed the UK

On its anniversary, we should reflect on all that the health service has achieved
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On its anniversary, we should reflect on all that the health service has achieved

On July 5 the NHS will be 70 years old.

It is an anniversary worth marking as very few of us have known, or could even imagine, a health service that you have to pay for. It is timely we should reflect on what has been achieved and what we often take for granted.

Before the NHS came into force in 1948, the quality and type of healthcare that was available in the UK depended on geographical location and social class. The wealthier sections of society could access private medicine, while those with limited resources were dependent upon a haphazard

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