Members of staff at George Eliot Hospital have gone back in time as part of an event to mark the 65th anniversary of the NHS.
The NHS was formed in 1948, the brainchild of then Secretary of State Aneurin Bevan. It was set up to provide a universal, comprehensive service for everyone based on clinical need, not ability to pay.
The occasion was marked with a 1940s themed event at the hospital with staff getting dressed up in clothes from the day and taking part in a vintage tea party where ration books were exchanged for lunch. Entertainment was provided by the Trust’s very own 1940s singers, The Vintage Girls.
Director of Human Resources, Dorothy Hogg said: “Bevan founded the NHS in 1948 based on the principles of providing high-quality health care for all, free at the point of delivery, and I’m extremely proud to be part of such a fantastic organisation that still believes in these principles.
“Today has been about our staff and giving them the opportunity to celebrate the NHS and be proud of the fantastic job they do.”
Frank Keogh, Union Convenor at George Eliot Hospital, added: “Next week we celebrate our NHS reaching 65 years of age. For many of us it is difficult to imagine life before the NHS, when healthcare was unreliable and treatment had to be paid for. It was the first time, anywhere in the world, that healthcare was made available on the basis of citizenship and need rather than the payment of fees or insurance premiums.
“In the same way as the country celebrated our NHS last year at the Olympic opening ceremony we are celebrating 65 years of the NHS and look forward to the next 65.”