Today, 5 July 2018, marks the 70th birthday of the “jewel in Great Britain’s crown,” the NHS. Founded in 1948, three years after the end of the Second World War, the National Health Service was one of the first major social reforms following the War, and was founded on the basis that all services should be comprehensive, universal, and free at the point of delivery.
Born out of Clement Atlee’s post-war government, the Health Minister Aneurin “Nye” Bevan led the charge in ensuring that everyone in Britain was able to get health care based on their need, not their ability to pay for it.
In its 70 years of existence, the NHS has undergone many changes – from the devolution of health services to their respective national governments to Brexit funding worries – but it remains one of the most well-respected cornerstones of Great Britain.
Here are some of our favourite tweets about the NHS, celebrating its birthday:
Thanks #NHS70 for the amazing work you do. 5 years ago when I was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos,l & 2 years ago after developing a neurological condition because of a car accident you put me back together again expertly & I don’t know what I would do without the wonderful staff
— Gemma-Lou Stevenson (@gstevensonsport) July 5, 2018
On 5 July 1948, I came into work with my shiny shoes and 12p in my pocket. We couldn’t believe that healthcare was free, I remember my mam paying the doctor before he would even look at you. It was a joy to know that from that historic day onwards, money wasn't an issue #NHS70 pic.twitter.com/fnTbGDGoFG
— @NHS / Alice (@NHS) July 5, 2018
This is Arthur. He suffered from epileptic fits every day of his life, until 1947 when, with the advent of the NHS, he finally had access to the medication he needed. He went on to live to 90 and meet his great grandchildren, one of whom is me. #NHS70 pic.twitter.com/ymqKpxsFBV
— Nick Hopkinson (@nickex5) July 5, 2018
Thank you #NHS70 for giving your all at a pivotal moment 12 years ago & the continued work you do for Emily. Always with a smile, always with heart & always always there. Thank you x @VictoriaLIVE pic.twitter.com/wqi0wWK0qq
— dan white (@Danwhite1972) July 5, 2018
Thank you to everyone at the NHS who has looked after me since I was born. Every hospital appointment, every surgery, every test and scan. From the secretaries who squeeze me in last minute, to the consultants and surgeons who do their best to mend my body. Thank you #NHS70
— Shona 🏳️🌈 (@shonalouiseblog) July 5, 2018
Happy Birthday NHS – You've helped me turn my disability into opportunity, taken care of loved one's at the toughest of times & brought into this world the greatest gift I could imagine, my son.
All this for nothing in return! ❤️ #NHS70
— Dan Greaves (@DiscusDan) July 5, 2018
a very big happy birthday to the #NHS who has a very special place in my heart. without it, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today. i’ve had two surgeries, constant mental health referrals, prolonged illnesses throughout and I had the best treatment every single time. #NHS70
— sporadic (@sporadic___) July 5, 2018
Thanks to #NHS for providing me with excellent care and treatment over the years. From general appointments with my GP, to care under mental health teams/eating disorder teams, to surgery for my heart condition – I may not have been here without the NHS! #NHS70 #HappyBirthdayNHS
— Alexis Gebbie (@alexisgebbie) July 5, 2018
At the turn of the day to July 5 1948, I'd have been fast asleep in Halifax to prepare for my shift at the Macintosh sweets factory. In morning I'd have walk to work with my wife and known for the first time in my life I was free of the fear of sickness #NHS70 pic.twitter.com/lVFT9veTjk
— Harry Leslie Smith (@Harryslaststand) July 4, 2018
Happy birthday, NHS – this one’s for you!
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