Our NHS 70 years -how it all began

With our NHS celebrating 70 years in just 2 days (July 5th 2018) we are looking at how it has changed. From 1948 -1958 over the first 10 years a lot has happened.

how it all began:

In 1948 the birth of the Nhs was here. A national health system that was free for all. No politics, no privatisation.  Aneurin Bevan the health secretary at the time, launched the NHS at Park Hospital in Manchester (today known as Trafford General Hospital). Everyone thought his plans were ambitious but he wanted good healthcare for all.

This was the first point as to when all medical professions were under one system and free to all to access. All of it funded by tax payers contributions.

1948 the NHS was born

1952 and a new introduction:

In 1952 we had our first charge for prescriptions just 1 shilling then (5p in today’s money) and a flat rate of £1 for dental work. Yet all this was abolished in 1965 but didn’t last long because 3 years later it was reintroduced.


1954 the children visiting was taking a change:

In 1948-1953 children visiting their parents in hospital were only allowed to see them for just 1 on a Saturday and sunday. This was soon changed by a doctor at great Ormond street hospital who explained how it was traumatising many children. In 1954 children were allowed to see their parents in hospital on a daily basis and was done gradually.

Winston Churchill’s government set up a review of how patients with mental health issues were cared for. The Percy commission began and in 1957 they encouraged care to be done in communities and not large institutions. Also the NHS was to help with treatment for these patients not detaching them from the health care system.

daily visits not weekend visits
1954 allowed children daily visits to their parents in hospital instead of 1 hour on Saturday and sunday

1958 polio and diphtheria vaccinations launched:

The NHS had it’s 1st vaccination introduced just 10 years after it was born. Therefore the programme helped cut the deaths of children because many years 5000 children would die due to contracting polio or diphtheria.

The NHS made it so every child under 15 years old got this made such a change to amount of people coming to hospital. Also it cut deaths and illness dramatically.

1958 a new beginning
1st vaccination introduced and deaths dropped dramatically

so the 1st 10 years of the NHS:

It is amazing when you look back to how the NHS began and how far we have come to today. Even though the NHS is under scrutiny all the time. We still have so much to thank all the hard-working NHS staff for. Click To Tweet

From their long hours and round the clock care. Right through to the non stop testing to find cures for illness and disease. We are so lucky to have the NHS and I know from personal experience I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them.


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