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About NHS 75

Since the NHS was founded on 5 July 1948, it has always innovated and adapted to meet to needs of each generation. The founding principles remain as relevant, and valued, today as they were 75 years ago. The public still support having a national health service, with 94% of people agreeing that healthcare should be free of charge, 84% that care should be available to everyone, and 62% that the NHS made them most proud to be British.

As we mark 75 years of the NHS on 5 July 2023, we’re looking back on the history and achievements of the NHS, the recent innovations and technology that has changed how they provide care, the dedication of the hundreds of thousands of their staff and volunteers, and the opportunities that lie ahead to shape the next 75 years of the health service.

Treating 1.3 million people a day the NHS has been a constant presence throughout our lives and now is the chance to celebrate with us. We can all play a role in supporting the NHS in this special birthday year.

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