Wednesday 2 July 2008

Happy Birthday

The NHS (national health service) which delivers universal healthcare to all in the England, Scotland and Wales celebrates it 60th Birthday this year.
Northern Ireland's healthcare operates on a similar basis but is called HSC (health and social care). This is because we decided to integrate our Hospital and Community services.
The Health Service is something we all take for granted and grumble about when we think its not as good as it should be, or as efficient or as shiny and new as we might like. It is, however, staffed by some of the most dedicated and caring public servants I have ever had the privilege to work with and get to know.
Our services are not perfect, but they ensure no matter how rich or poor, your care is free at the point of need. Yet, despite this we often take it for granted. We book an appointment with the family doctor or dentist, we fail to turn up, we waste their time, we cost the service money, we have no respect. Its our service and its our healthcare.
The NHS motto: The NHS is committed to providing quality care that meets the needs of everyone, is free at the point of need, and is based on a patient's clinical need, not their ability to pay. The NHS will not exclude people because of their health status or ability to pay.'
Let's work together to keep it going for another 60 years.
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