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Crystal Oldman: Pride in NHS, but UK must debate future cost of universal healthcare

Open and honest discussions about funding and use of resources are vital to protect the future of the NHS and maintain our universal approach to healthcare, says Crystal Oldman

Open and honest discussions about funding and use of resources are vital to protect the future of the NHS and maintain our universal approach to healthcare, says Crystal Oldman

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS. For those of us who have never known anything other than a health service that is free at the point of access, it is hard to imagine that your health status prior to 1948 was largely determined by your level of disposable income, and making an appointment with a GP or calling a district nurse often depended on how much you could to afford to pay.

Our cherished NHS is a symbol of how we live as a society, with equal access to services for all. The UK population has changed massively since the introduction of a system of universal healthcare, and those who use services

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