Britain marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the National Health Service on Thursday, a moment of pride and concern for a country that has nurtured its growth into the largest publicly funded healthcare service in the world.
In 1948 the largest publicly funded healthcare service in the world was launched by then Health Minister Aneurin. Seventy years later, the NHS is still functioning, despite growing pressure on the system, with medical staff calling for "more staff and more beds."
Shots have been long fired between the government and the opposition Labour party on how the NHS deficit should be addressed. However, on its anniversary, the officials agreed in paying tribute to national healthcare.
As we celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS today, we're sharing the stories of people across the country who make it one of our most loved institutions 💙— Conservatives (@Conservatives) July 5, 2018
Ian Levy is a Mental Health Support Worker for the NHS #NHS70 pic.twitter.com/fHi4u0r63z
Happy 70th Birthday to our precious NHS. Thank you for all that you do. #NHS70— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) July 5, 2018
Happy birthday NHS. And thank you for being there for me and my family (3 gorgeous kids) as well as for a staggering one million people every 17 hours.— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 5, 2018
The Liberal Democrats used the opportunity to remind their constituents of "the risk" posed to the NHS by Brexit.
Only the lib dems put Cameron in power.— Matt Senior (@jnrsenior) July 5, 2018
In 1968, the NHS saw the Abortion Act becomes law, apart from in Northern Ireland. On May 25, 2018 Ireland has voted to overturn the ban on abortion.
NHS supporters and workers rallied the streets of London on June 30, demanding increased funding and staffing and protesting against healthcare privatization.