Posted by Amanda Crawford at 27/06/2018 13:41:33
Message about NHS 70 from Glenn Douglas, Chief Executive of the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
It is 70 years since the NHS was launched on 5 July 1948. Since then it has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, and has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation.
Most importantly of all, it has been there for each of us, through some of the biggest moments in our lives as well as the day to day.
I am proud to have spent the vast majority of my career working in the NHS, and proud of the skill, dedication and compassion of NHS staff, which I and my family have had occasion to be grateful for, as I expect you have too.
A couple of statistics give an idea of how things have changed. When the NHS was founded in 1948, the UK life expectancy for men was 66, and for women it was 71. In Kent and Medway today, those figures stand at 80 and 83 respectively.
Far fewer people die from heart disease and stroke than in 1948 thanks to advances in treatment, and childbirth is far less risky for both mother and child than it used to be.
As part of the birthday year, we are asking everyone to consider doing something to celebrate the contribution of the NHS to their lives, perhaps by:
- making one lifestyle change which will benefit you and the NHS (and telling people about it)
- volunteering with your local NHS provider
- holding a fund-raising event to raise money for your local NHS charity or Friends of NHS charity.
Meanwhile, all the NHS organisations in Kent and Medway, along with Medway Council and Kent County Council, are looking at how we, with you, can do things even better in the future.
In our Sustainability and Transformation Plan, published in November 2016, we recognised that we need to improve prevention, local care, mental health and hospital care. Our vision is “quality of life, quality of care” and that’s what we want for everyone.
To find out more and get involved, please visit www.kentandmedway.nhs.uk and follow @KMhealthandcare on Twitter or KentMedwayHealthandCare on Facebook.
Your input to this is vital. We need your insight and experiences to help us create improved and sustainable services for people in Kent and Medway into the long-term.