Free, good quality healthcare for everyone, from cradle to grave. That was the mission of Britain’s National Health Service when it was founded on July 5, 1948.
Ask any patient, nurse or doctor at the sprawling Milton Keynes University Hospital in central England how they feel about the NHS now, and you will find that those core values are just as important today as they were 70 years ago.
“I’ve had so many things go wrong with my body in the last four-and-a-half years that it’s just incredible that one organisation can cure so many things and treat me so kindly, efficiently, and for free. It’s just astonishing,” said 83-year-old Donald Ritson, who was receiving treatment in the hospital’s Ward 24, a 20-bed surgical ward.