NHS Celebrates Its 68th Birthday As Britons Remember How The Health Service Has Helped Them

'I would not be here today, enjoying life with my family.'

As the National Health Service celebrates its 68th birthday, Brits are praising all that it has done for them.

Founded on 5 July 1948, the NHS was designed as part of a broader programme of reconstruction after the Second World War.

Part of a new welfare system, the NHS was introduced by then-health minister Aneurin Bevan to provide care from "cradle to grave" for Britons.

The NHS has been a thing of pride for many Brits ever since, and the service's birthday on Tuesday prompted many to remember the life changing impact it has had on them.

You were there at the birth of my children. Mum's pneumonia, Dad's diabetes & pacemaker fitting, the list could go on #HappyBirthdayNHS πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽˆ

β€” Carolyn (@tweetycakes78) July 5, 2016

Saved my life twice, two beautiful babies, your frontline staff are a true wonder. Thank you #HappyBirthdayNHS

β€” Gin (@gingleberries) July 5, 2016

Universal healthcare is a priveledge to be cherished #HappyBirthdayNHS I will never forget calling 999 & way my daughter was helped #heroes

β€” Bernard Clarke (@berneeclarke) July 5, 2016

Thank you for fixing me. Here's hoping I stay fixed. The NHS is bloody wonderful.

β€” Karen Dent (@karendentwriter) July 5, 2016

Without @wuthnhs I would not be here today, enjoying life with my family. Thank you Wirral Breast Centre #HappyBirthdayNHS

β€” Kitty (@KittyAnne74) July 5, 2016

#HappyBirthdayNHS Thank you for not letting me, my mum, my siblings or my nephew die during childbirth. And thanks for the contraception.

β€” Amy (@AmyxJean) July 5, 2016

I thank the NHS for allowing me (the v. Prem baby) to grow up with 2 sets of cared for grandparents #NHS67 #happybirthdayNHS

β€” Megan Anderson (@Megan_andersonn) July 5, 2015

Without which I probably wouldn't still be here. #HappyBirthdayNHS

β€” susie pitt (@SusieP_53) July 5, 2016

My husband and I are both chronically ill. Without the NHS we wouldn't have the GPs, specialists and medication we need. #HappyBirthdayNHS

β€” Emsy (@elphiemcdork) July 5, 2014

Without the NHS, I'd have untreated Torticollis: likely motor difficulties and possibly sight loss. #happybirthdayNHS #loveourNHS

β€” Kayleigh Quinn (@WhatKayleighDid) July 5, 2014

Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, an A&E doctor and Sadiq Khan's replacement as Labour MP for Tooting, also tweeted her support for the NHS.

She added that she would be "standing up for our NHS in Parliament - something Jeremy Hunt has never done".

Today, I'll be standing up for our NHS in Parliament - something Jeremy Hunt has never done.#HappyBirthdayNHS pic.twitter.com/q04UZqEW1Y

β€” Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (@DrRosena) July 5, 2016

A number of medical organisations and facilities also tweeted "happy birthday messages, including the Royal College of Nursing.

Happy 68th Birthday NHS! Please share your memories of the NHS! #HappyBirthdayNHS More here: https://t.co/MMA8O3LtRL pic.twitter.com/YBjnoZLrLq

β€” Leeds TH NHS Trust (@LTHTrust) July 5, 2016

Happy birthday to us @TraffordHosp the birthplace of the NHS πŸŽπŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰#happybirthdayNHS

β€” Trafford Hospitals (@TraffordHosp) July 5, 2016

Happy Birthday to the NHS - 68 years old today! #HappyBirthdayNHS https://t.co/HQAXNKEExb

β€” Betsi Health Board (@BCUHB) July 5, 2016

As well as providing all manner of healthcare, the NHS is also the fifth biggest employer in the world.

It remains the only UK employer in the list of the top 10 biggest employers globally, surpassed only by the US department of defence, the People's Liberation Army of China, Walmart and McDonald's.


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