Happy 70th Birthday NHS

In the UK, today is the 70the anniversary since the birth of the NHS (National Health Service) in 1948 when NHS was born to provide free healthcare service to all from the cradle to grave.

Happy 70th birthday to NHS one of the largest healthcare institutions in the world. Long may you continue and provide an excellent service to all those who need it. Thank you to all the staff in RD&E Hospital for looking after my family thus far.

I am very proud to say I work for the NHS and in particular the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for twenty years now. It never ceases to amaze me the commitment, dedication, enthusiasm, care and support provided by the extraordinary staff to our patients and family members often in such difficult circumstances.

The NHS is our jewel and therefore it is right that we should cherish and celebrate the remarkable achievements of the last 70 years. I have found the seven facts for seven decades provided by NHS Digital.

NHS70 – Seven facts for seven decades 

In celebration of the NHS’s 70th birthday this week, NHS Digital reveals seven statistics for seven decades.

The figures demonstrate how the NHS has evolved since it sprang into being on July 5, 1948, and the changing health and lifestyles of the population.

  • 1959 – there were a total of 89,659 hospital-based nurses, midwives and health visitors in England and Wales. In 2017, there were 343,529 nurses, midwives and health visitors working in NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups in England5.
  • 1968 – 37 per cent of the population of England and Wales were edentate (had no natural teeth) compared to 6 per cent in 20096.
  • 1979 – 23,062 GPs were working in England of which 19,197 were male and 3,865 were female. In 2017 there were 39,843 GPs working in England, of which 21,055 were female7.
  • 1989 – in 1989-90 there were 155 hospital admissions for a liver transplant, in 2016-17 this had risen to 6628.
  • 1999 – In 1999, 44 per cent of 11-15 year-olds had smoked at least once. In 2016, this had dropped to 19 per cent9.
  • 2008 – there were 35,960,539 antidepressant prescription items dispensed in the community in England. In 2017 this had risen to 67,530,375 items10.
  • 2016-17 – there were 617,000 admissions in NHS hospitals where obesity was a factor11. This was an increase of 18 per cent on 2015-16.

Thank you to everyone who organised cakes and teas.

Happy birthday and Tashi Delek!


About TYW

I am Tenzin from Devon in England but I am originally from Bhutan. It is a small country in the Himalayas. Famously known as the Land of Gross National Happiness. Tashi Delek!
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