Happy Birthday to the NHS: 70 years of revolutionary National Health Care Service in the UK
5th July 2018
The history of the NHS
This week marked the 70th Anniversary of the National Health Care Service in the UK – Happy Birthday to the NHS! Established on the 5th of July 1948 by Aneurin Bevan at the Park Hospital in Manchester today known as Trafford General Hospital near our office bringing for the first time hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists under one structured organisation to provide healthcare services that are free of charge to the patient. Since then it has become the 5th largest employer in the world, with revolutionary achievements over the years including the invention of the CT scan by Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield in 1972 who was later awarded with a Nobel Prize for his concept. In 1978 the world’s first baby was born as a result of in-vitro fertilisation developed by one gynaecologist and one physiologist in the UK with now more than 1 million children worldwide conceived this way. Another outstanding procedure was the world’s first heart, lung, and liver transplant in 1987 at Papworth NHS Hospital Cambridge.
The NHS Today
With over 1.4 million patients being treated in the UK every 24 hours and an astonishing 13 Million NHS-funded sight tests carried out between 2016 and 2017 a huge workforce is required to keep up with the demand with over 12,000 optometrists, 106,430 doctors, and 285,893 nurses working for the NHS in March 2017. The hard work of the NHS was recognised by the Commonwealth Fund in 2017 awarding them the most impressive health care system.
Our involvement in the NHS
With our UK distributor Carleton Optical working closely together with the NHS our products can be found within the public health service sector across the whole UK.
For more interesting facts and the history about this organisation please visit the NHS website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/nhs70/