The topic that we chose to write about was the NHS – The National Health Service – that exists in Britain. It covers hospitals, dentists, and health centres. We chose it as the book Divided City, written by Theresa Breslin, has a young boy named Kyoul who seeks medical attention from the NHS and it saved his life. Kyoul had no money and no home but was still given treatment for his stabs wounds.
How it began…
Aneurin Bevan was the man who came up with the idea of free health care. The NHS started in July 1953. The Labour Party helped fund the NHS in the early days. The NHS wasn’t always free – it used to cost one shilling for a prescription. Some of the very early discoveries that the NHS discovered were that smoking and cancer were linked. The NHS changed a lot of its rules over the years as children used to not be allowed to see their parents while they were staying in the hospital getting treatment. This has changed now as parents can stay with their children in the hospital. This was a big change in the NHS as they now had to care for the parents.
1960s, 1970s and the 1980s
In 1960, the first ever kidney transplant took place in Scotland in a hospital in Edinburgh on the 30th of October on a pair of 49 year old twins. Also, in 1978, the first ever IVF baby was delivered in the NHS. In the 1980s, MRI scans were introduced to hospitals. MRI scans were introduced to diagnose head problems as people might have had a stroke or blood vessel problems. A lot of new inventions to help hospitals treat people happened in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
1990’S & 2000’S
In 1994, the organ donor register was set up; also in 1998, the NHS direct was set up so you could get your medicine faster. In 2000, walk in centres were introduced to cut down waiting times and later on in 2006 there was a need for bowel cancer screening.
The NHS is also involved with operations. In the 1980’s it introduced ”key hole ” surgery. It was invented to prevent huge scars and instead it gives you a few smaller scars which disappear quicker. In the 1960s the first ever transplant happened and it has saved many lives since. The NHS allows people to have operations for free that couldn’t afford them. In other countries, it cost them thousands to have a simple operations.
In conclusion, the NHS is a very good health care system. The health service treats everyone and doesn’t care where you came from and what kind of money you have. We are very lucky to have a healthcare system like the NHS. It help thousands of people every day and saves countless lives.https://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx – NHS choices
https://www.starmedical.co.uk/blog/2013/04/24/5-interesting-nhs-facts – 5 interesting NHS facts