Posted by at 02/07/2013 10:15:22
Here at NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) we’re celebrating the 65th birthday of the NHS this week.
We’re thinking about a time when health care wasn’t readily or freely available. A time when families had to make tough decisions on who in their family would get medicine.
There is no doubt health care has been transformed by the NHS in Britain.
We’d like you to think about the changes that have happened to the NHS in their lifetime.
At NHS West Kent CCG we are celebrating the most recent changes to the NHS which give GPs more of a say in how health care is delivered.
We’re also thinking back over the past 65 years and remembering how the NHS was set up to prevent, diagnose and treat illness. Its introduction in 1948 made health services available to every man, woman and child.
Many of us take the NHS for granted but we don’t have to look far to see how nations without free health care are very different places to live. Places where families still have to make tough decisions about health care.
Over the past 65 years, there have been many developments.
The discovery of DNA was made in 1953, which allowed the study of disease caused by defective genes. Soon after, in 1954, the link between smoking and lung cancer was discovered. And up until 1954, children who were hospitalised were only allowed visits from their parents at weekends.
We’ve seen the introduction of The Pill in 1961, the first hip replacement in 1962, the first heart transplant programme in 1968 and introduction of keyhole surgery in 1980.
We also work hard to help people keep healthy.
We offer NHS Health Checks and advice on lifestyle changes which can dramatically improve a person’s health – the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk) is the most popular health website in Europe!
When a patient needs to be referred to a hospital or clinic they are offered a choice. And we’re working with patients to improve services even further.
As you reflect on the NHS we hope you will consider working with us to build even better services, by getting involved with our Health Networks and Patient Participation Groups or just getting in touch with feedback on our services.