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Happy Birthday to the National Health Service!

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I've mentioned on here a few times that my husband passed away three years ago. He died of cancer after three major surgeries and two long bouts of chemo. And while I didn't love every little thing about the NHS at every step along the way, I will be forever grateful that we never had to worry about a single bill or insurance form and never had to make any difficult decisions about his care due to our finances.


So, as Winston Churchill (a Conservative!) said in 1948,

The discoveries of healing science must be the inheritance of all. That is clear: Disease must be attacked, whether it occurs in the poorest or the richest man or woman simply on the ground that it is the enemy; and it must be attacked just in the same way as the fire brigade will give its full assistance to the humblest cottage as readily as to the most important mansion….

Our policy is to create a national health service in order to ensure that everybody in the country, irrespective of means, age, sex, or occupation, shall have equal opportunities to benefit from the best and most up-to-date medical and allied services available.

Happy 65th Birthday, NHS!

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