- Published: Monday, 09 July 2018 07:43
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Dentistry was represented at Westminster Abbey to celebrate 70 years of the NHS. Pictured are Nikki Patel, chair of BDA young dentist committee, deputy CDO Janet Clarke, CDO Sara Hurley, BDA chair Mick Armstrong and BSPD president Claire Stevens. Across the country members of the profession took part in events to mark the day.
On the 70th anniversary, NHS chief executive Simon Stevens sent a message of “heartfelt thanks” to staff saying that the NHS’s enduring success is down to their “brilliance”. In the message shared on the NHS’s birthday, Simon paid tribute to the achievements of 1.5 million doctors, nurses, ambulance staff, therapists, porters, caterers and countless others who, along with volunteers and those working behind the scenes make up the biggest care team in the world.
In his message Simon said: “Today we’re marking the 70th birthday of the National Health Service. It’s a time for celebration looking back over seven decades when we’re all living a lot longer and healthier – more than 10 years extra. We’ve seen amazing medical advances, whether it’s organ transplantations or new cures for cancer or vaccines. But the reason why the Health Service does so well is frankly due to the brilliance of the staff.”
It was delivered on the day that scores of buildings across the country – from the Eden Project in Cornwall to Everton Football Club, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye were lit in the NHS’s trademark blue to celebrate the country’s most loved institution. Thousands of Big 7Tea events are taking place across England to thank staff and raise awareness of NHS Charities while national celebrations at Westminster Abbey and York Minster paid tribute to NHS staff and patients.
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