Our Unique Heritage
NHS heritage is an important part of our story:

Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has grown to become the world’s largest publicly funded health service.
  • It is also one of the most efficient, comprehensive and egalitarian health services in the world. That is to say it strongly believes in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.

  • The NHS was born out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. This principle remains at its core today. With the exception of charges for some prescriptions, optical and dental services, the NHS remains free at the point of use for anyone who is resident in the UK. That is currently more than 62 million people.

  • The NHS has its own constitution consisting of seven core principles and six values brought together under one guiding belief that ‘the NHS belongs to us all’.
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