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The NHS - 65 today!

The NHS was launched on July 5 1948. Over the 65 years since then it has continually grown, evolved and improved to become a source of national pride and a service envied around the world.

As the NHS passes its 65th anniversary it is undergoing the biggest organisational change in its history, with much of its budget now in the hands of GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups. But the high-quality service for patients continues uninterrupted and the NHS continues to develop and innovate.

The NHS is pushing at the boundaries of science - bringing together world-renowned experts to harness their knowledge and skills to save lives and improve treatments.

It offers help and hope in times of greatest need - when care and compassion are what matter most.

Across England, NHS staff, patients and the public, local government, charities, businesses and others are working together to improve the nation's health and wellbeing.

To mark the occasion, we'll be holding events throughout the day in each of our hospitals. Come down and help us celebrate!

Check out our interactive timeline to see how the NHS has evolved in the years since 1948.