NHS70: Why the NHS is still so important

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Today, as the National Health Service celebrates its 70th anniversary, we want to look at why it is still such an invaluable institution to the British people.

When the NHS was founded and launched by Aneurin Bevan in 1948, it was the first time hospitals, doctors, pharmacists, nurses and dentists were brought together under one organisation to provide free health services to everyone in the UK. This was a revolutionary concept in 1948 based on three core principles:

  • That it meets the needs of everyone
  • That it will be free at the point of delivery
  • That it will be based on clinical need, and not ability to pay

In recent years, the NHS has come under increased pressure due to budget cuts, however it has remained a key cultural establishment in the UK with the British public remaining defiant in their commitment to the beliefs that the NHS was founded on. 

But why is the NHS still so important?

The concept of an insurance-based healthcare system – similar to the US - is not feasible for almost everyone in the UK. The ideology that everyone should be entitled to free healthcare at the point of access is deeply ingrained in British society and most are willing to fight to ensure that universal healthcare is protected.

The British take huge pride in the NHS, as it represents a fair and equal philosophy that was born out of the ashes of World War Two. Doctors are revered in the UK for the amazing service they provide and the important role they play in the daily life of the NHS. For many, this is a huge attraction for becoming a doctor and working in such a highly respected institution.

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