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CSP members celebrate NHS's 65th birthday

5 July 2013 - 2:46pm

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS), which was launched on 5 July 1948.

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Representatives from Irish healthcare trade unions including the CSP's Claire Ronald mark the anniversary of the NHS. Photo: Kevin Cooper

CSP members across the UK are marking the occasion by taking part in events to celebrate the success of the NHS, and to rally against future threats from cuts and privatisation.

Tonight in Manchester, TUC president and CSP director Lesley Mercer is due to chair a rally, which will include a speech from Barbara Verrall, CSP regional steward for the North West. Ms Verrall will explain how financial pressures on the NHS are having a negative effect on patients, physiotherapy services and staff.

In Scotland, a group of 65 people has celebrated the service’s birthday by sharing stories of how their lives were transformed by the NHS.

And in Belfast, the anniversary was marked by Claire Ronald, CSP senior negotiating officer for Northern Ireland, and representatives from Irish healthcare trade unions who were meeting at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Refreshing the NHS Mandate

Meanwhile the government today launched a consultation aimed at ‘refreshing’ the Mandate to NHS England 2014-2015.

The Mandate, which sets out the government’s ambitions for the NHS, is being updated to reflect new evidence and changing priorities and will be open to consultation until 27 September.

The proposed changes include the development of a vulnerable older people plan that aims to improve support for older people and those with long-term conditions.

Under the plans older people with complicated health needs will be assigned a named clinician who will be responsible for their wellbeing outside hospital, whether they live at home or in a care home.

Health secretary for England Jeremy Hunt said: ‘Our immediate focus is on our most vulnerable and elderly. But this is only the starting point of a much broader transformation of hospital care – one which will help every single patient and make sure the NHS stays true to the values that underpinned its founding in 1948.’


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