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Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world.

Highlights of the last 70 years

We are all proud of our NHS. It 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.

None of this would be possible without the skill, dedication and compassion of NHS staff, as well as the many volunteers, charities and communities that support the service. The NHS is the UK’s largest employer, with over 1.5 million staff from all over the world and more than 350 different careers.

NHS England will be telling everyday heroes’ stories throughout the celebrations: the midwives who deliver us into the world; the GPs and pharmacists who advise and treat us; the nurses, doctors and other clinicians who come to our aid when the unexpected happens; the porters who keep our hospitals moving; the support staff that make appointments happen; the researchers at the forefront of innovation; and so many others.

The history of the NHS is one of evolution, of responding to the changing needs of the nation. Today’s NHS is rising to the challenge of a growing and ageing population, which means pressures on the service are greater than they have ever been. 

As the NHS turns 70, we will be talking about plans to address these pressures and make sure the NHS is fit for the future.

This means, as a priority, making it easier to access your local GP, focusing hard on improving cancer diagnosis and swift treatment, and making sure that mental health services and urgent and emergency care are available whenever they’re needed. Our celebrations will also look further into the future, at the exciting possibilities being created by advances in science, technology and information.

We can all play a role in supporting the NHS in this special birthday year. This could be by volunteering, raising money for local NHS charities, or by taking steps to look after our own health and using services wisely.

The NHS in Numbers

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