Let’s not pretend that the NHS, however much voters love it, is the envy of the world

Today the NHS is 72, which is another way of saying that on July 5 1948 the Government nationalised the 480,000 beds previously managed by some 1,400 voluntary and about 1,500 municipal hospitals. Every other European country chose not to centralise control  and maintained diverse ownership of hospitals. Fast forward to 2020 and we find […]

Nationwide applause to pay tribute to 72 years of NHS

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said he hoped the public would use the anniversary as an opportunity to “say a heartfelt thank you” to hospital staff. Sir Simon said: “This year has been the most challenging in NHS history, with staff...