Source: NHS England
Treating over a million people a day in England, the NHS touches all of our lives.
When it was founded in 1948, the NHS was the first universal health system to be
available to all, free at the point of delivery. Today, nine in 10 people agree that
healthcare should be free of charge, more than four in five agree that care should
be available to everyone, and that the NHS makes them most proud to be British.
This is because, since 1948, the NHS has always evolved and adapted to meet the
needs of each successive generation.
From Britain’s first kidney transplant in 1960, to Europe’s first liver transplant in 1968.
From the world’s first CT scan on a patient in 1971, revolutionising the way doctors
examine the body, to the world’s first test-tube baby born in 1978. Large-scale
vaccination programmes protected children from whooping cough, measles and
tuberculosis, and in 1999 the meningitis C vaccine was offered nationally in a world first.
The NHS has delivered huge medical advances, including the world’s first liver, heart and
lung transplant in 1987, pioneering new treatments, such as bionic eyes and, in more recent
times, the world’s first rapid whole genome sequencing service for seriously ill babies and
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The Dispex team would like to seize this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude for
your hard work and unwavering dedication to the NHS and your patients. Your commitment
and efforts are truly commendable, thank you for making a positive difference in the lives