Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has called for a “renewed long-term commitment” to the NHS remaining free at the point of use across the UK in advance of the 75th anniversary of its creation this Sunday (5 July).
On Sunday afternoon at 5pm, a national applause has been planned to celebrate the many successes of the NHS across the UK as it begins to embark on its 73rd year in operation.
The NHS was first launched by the then Labour Minister of Health in Clement Attlee’s post-war government, Aneurin Bevan, at the Park Hospital in Manchester. After years of political wrangling, this change marked a move towards providing a strong and reliable healthcare system to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.
The coronavirus pandemic has presented significant challenges for the NHS and wider health and social care services which look set to continue for some time.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“The coronavirus pandemic has underlined the crucial role our healthcare workers do week in, week out to look after us and our loved ones. On Sunday afternoon at 5pm, I'll be joining everyone across the country on our doorsteps to clap and say thank you to all of our NHS workers here in Ogmore, up and down Wales, and across the UK.
“But a clap isn't enough – the everyday heroes working in our NHS and in our social care sector have always been key workers but this crisis has highlighted just what a critical role each and every one of them plays.
“As our country recovers from this crisis, we must move forwards with a shared dedication to always give our NHS and social care sector the resources they need and steadfastly defend the founding principle Nye Bevan believed so strongly in: that it will always remain a service which is free at the point of use.”