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
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
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
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