On 5th July 1948, the National Health Service was born, guided by three core principles that live on today: to meet the needs of everyone, be free at the point of delivery, and be based on clinical need, not ability to pay.
The NHS has done wonderful things: it has all but eradicated diseases such as polio and diphtheria and pioneered new treatments like the world's first liver, heart and lung transplant. Nowadays, it is the UK's largest employer with over 1.5 million staff.//= $text['intro']['link-text'] ?>
A recent poll found half of GP practices across England have a shortage of doctors. Those left are forced to juggle a large caseload and an even bigger pile of paperwork. LBC’s reporter Andy Ballantyne has been finding out if patient care is at risk.
Staffing levels, mental health, social care... we all know some of the many challenges facing the NHS today as it celebrates its 70th year. But what has it had to deal with - and managed to overcome - in the past? LBC′s Lucy Hough has taken a look back through history...
All week we′ll be marking the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service visiting hospitals around the country to see what conditions are like for patients and staff. LBC′s Lucy Hough has spent the day the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel - one of Europe′s biggest hospitals.
Teignmouth is a stunning coastal town with long sandy beaches, and a prime location for tourists. In 1954, the first purpose built NHS Hospital in the UK, opened there. But on the 70th anniversary of the NHS, there′s a row brewing about what to do next with the hospital.
The NHS reaches every corner of the United Kingdom but few know it’s foundations are deeply rooted within a small town in the south Wales valleys. Tredegar is now a very different place but an idea that emerged as a way to take care of miners – now forms the key principle of what we recognise as the NHS today.