Last week, our NHS turned 70 years old! This is a huge reason for big celebrations, and we decided to do a little tribute along with the rest of the country. Some of the writers at Medicine on my Mind have written a small piece about what the NHS means to us. We hope you will enjoy reading our messages of gratitude to the NHS, and hope that this serves as a reminder of how privileged we are to have such a noble service available.
What the NHS means to me
Today is the 70th birthday of the NHS. 70 years ago, Beveridge described the National Health Service as providing care “from the cradle to the grave”. Though a simple phrase, the dedication, hard work and billions of lives saved within those lines are astonishing. From grandparent to parent to child, generation to generation, the NHS has provided an amazing gift to all of us. The gift of security in our healthcare, knowing that no matter what happens to any one of us, anything will be done to save our lives, as care is based on the clinical need of a patient, not the ability to pay. What makes the NHS so unique from any other nations health service, is the powerful values that underpin it. Values of inclusivity, compassion and the highest standard of care. Happy birthday, here’s to the next 70 years.
Jenna Philpott, Guest blogger for Medicine on my Mind
Until before I wanted to become a doctor, I never really gave much proper thought into how much the NHS does. It was just something that I knew was there when anyone needed it. But that is precisely what makes it so special. The NHS is there for whoever needs it, whenever they need it. They are always there—a bit like a parent. They tell us what to do just like a parent might: ‘smoke less’; ‘drink less’; ‘exercise to reduce your risk of cardiovascular inefficiency’. We try to pick fights and find faults in them, question them just like we may do with our parents sometimes: ‘The NHS is a victim of its own success’ or ‘the NHS is failing to meet targets’ or ‘Is the NHS still the “envy of the world”?’. But, they accept us no matter our background or circumstance, just like a parent does. And their hearts only wish the goodwill for us—just like a parent’s. At the end of the day, no matter what we may say, the NHS is an absolute privilege to have access to. Thank you so much to all the staff who make it so special and selflessly give so much of themselves to benefit the rest of us.
Muskaan Jonathan, Admin for Medicine on my Mind
Happy Birthday NHS!
In the 70-year course that this organisation has worked through, I must admit, it is doing well so far.
Now, I was not born in England – I was born in the Philippines and was brought to England around 2006. There are a few things I want to say about my experience with the NHS. I think that it is the light at the end of the tunnel. I believe many of us in the UK truly underestimate or do not appreciate the fact that the NHS provides free (to an extent) services for both adults and children. The NHS is something that I always thought just made sense? You know? Free healthcare?
Seeing other countries and their massively expensive bills for a consultation and surgery, (I’m looking at you America) it pains me to know that there are others who cannot actively seek help to improve themselves, to improve their conditions physically and mentally because of the fees and costs.
The NHS has helped me out so much in the ten years I have been here. I love the free dental care and the service they give, I would not have been able to get my glasses without them and they are improving by now focusing on mental health, which people undermine these days. The people who work there are selfless people who work around the clock to save lives, to comfort others and put their patients above themselves. We should not take these things lightly but rather help to improve.
The NHS is something wonderful and we should appreciate it because I do not know about you readers, but I would much rather get free health care than having to pay for one if the NHS is privatised.
Clement Attlee was the prime minister who helped establish the NHS, and his legacy and ideals give on in the NHS. He knew that change was needed so he delivered. We should support our National Health Service, and not lose this organisation that benefits not just one person, but everyone in the UK.
May the NHS and everyone who works there live on and prosper for many more years to come!
Joerel Gestopa, guest blogger for Medicine on My Mind
NHS has been a vital part of many people’s lives, including mine. Some may even have had NHS since birth! That fact truly calls for a celebration. Imagine you, your child or your mum, anyone, playing a friendly game of football. One thing leads to another and suddenly – SNAP – a broken knee. A bit gruesome to imagine I suppose – but fear not: NHS comes to the rescue! The knee has been fixed, and at what cost? Nothing! Did you know that a surgery for a broken knee/leg can cost the NHS around £5,120? And you get it for free!
The NHS comes with much controversy, especially with the threat of privatisation – but today, let’s really think of all the positives and all of the things we brush off and disregard; things we are ungrateful for.
I admit, I myself have been guilty of debating about whether or not the NHS should be privatised. Yet the honest truth is, if NHS never existed, we may not even be alive! Just look back at UK’S history and why the NHS began! I believe that the NHS is one of the most unique, essential part, not only of UK’S history, but of its people. The wonderful service provided and the hard work being put in is something we truly cannot repay and wherever NHS goes from here, it will always be a part of us.
Antonia Jayme, Admin for Medicine on My Mind
Happy Birthday to our much-loved NHS!
By the writers of Medicine on My Mind