Best 5 Special “NHS 70” Reads

Hello and welcome to special edition of Best 5 Reads.

On 5th July 1948, National Health Service (NHS), an ambitious project to bring free healthcare to everyone in UK was born. Today marks NHS’s 70th birthday.

NHS is a national pride of UK and a success story which is very hard to replicate anywhere else. Its one of the best, efficient and equitable health systems out there.

As a tribute to celebrate 70th birthday of NHS, I will dedicate today’s Best 5 Reads to highlight its achievements (and its limitations in dealing with Mental Health). I hope you will enjoy them.

1) The NHS at 70: A timeline in pictures

We look at seven decades of the development of the NHS, alongside medical advancements, highlighting events that have been documented with archive photography.

2) I’ve seen how the NHS fails people with mental illness

The achievements of our health service are justly lauded, but a crucial part (Mental Health) of it is unacceptably underfunded and neglected.

3) Doctors, nurses, porters, therapists on the service at 70

Health workers tell of the giddy highs and lows that come with working in the NHS.

4) NHS at 70: Seventy words on the NHS from 70 people

On the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS), we asked 70 people at the Royal Derby Hospital to sum up what the NHS means to them in one word.

5) How technology will transform the NHS in the next 70 years

From robotic arms in surgery to DNA analysis that prevents disease before a child is born, the NHS is embracing the future.

I would like to end this edition by quoting Aneurin Bevan’s (known as founder of NHS) position by a British sociologist called Thomas Humphrey Marshall, :

Illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay nor an offence for which they should be penalised, but a misfortune the cost of which should be shared by the community.

Thank you for reading and see you tomorrow for another edition of Best 5 Reads.

Best Regards,

Vikram


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