Never Forget the NHS: Nation’s greatest achievement

The NHS is facing the harshest financial struggles it has ever come across, and lately the news is rampant with rumours and updates regarding how tight the budget is and how great the demand for more care is.

The NHS first came into operation on July the 4th, 1948. It was the first place in the entire world where free healthcare was made available as long as a person could be classified as a citizen.

As word of the NHS finally circling the drain flood every media news platform available, it is important to remember it was created during more difficult times than this. Times when thousands died of infectious diseases like pneumonia, meningitis, tuberculosis, diptheria and polo and infant deaths were at an all time high.

The NHS landed during such a brutal tim and saved countless lives, and countless is a number that is lost on people. Countless lives. That is not just hundreds, not just thousands, and maybe not just millions. The NHS bulldozed the health crisis the public faced in the late 40s to here and now in 2014, with the Ebola crisis.

Other do-gooders attempted to provide free healthcare without government backing but those attempts would always come to an end and be fleeting. The very fact that the NHS still exists, and is doing its best to cope in such financially difficult times speaks volumes.

Though budgets are tight, research has not stopped nor has treatment, the NHS is always working to save lives and improve the quality of their care. The problems it faces as a result of increased demands for care and services, overspending and poor handling by the government, have left the organisation facing a crushing deficit come 2021. With the elections approaching, it remains to be seen what will happen to the NHS.