Happy Birthday NHS

The NHS is celebrating its 65th birthday today. Originally launched on 5 July 1948 at the Park Hospital in Manchester it was the first time anywhere in the world that completely free healthcare was made available purely on the basis of citizenship and need, rather than the payment of fees or insurance premiums. Today it is almost impossible to imagine life before the NHS.

To celebrate we thought you might like to read an excellent poem that was written by poet Michael Rosen back in 2008 when the NHS celebrated its 60th birthday; find it by clicking on the link www.michaelrosen.co.uk/poems_theseare.html

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