Labour created the NHS
Labour created the NHS

On 5 July 2020, the NHS celebrated it’s 72nd birthday, after is was created by the Labour government in 1948. Now it is a treasured national institution.

Luke Pollard MP said:

Today is the 72nd birthday of the NHS. It was on this day in 1948 that the Labour government created a National Health Service, out from the ashes of WWII, free to all at the point of use. And it has been looking after us all in our time of need ever since. It remains our proudest achievement – and a shining example of what we can achieve when we come together. Labour will always protect the NHS, so it can keep protecting us all.


The doctors and nurses in our NHS, and especially at Derriford Hospital, have been asked to a bit more than usual lately. The Coronavirus crisis has meant so many of them have had to work for long hours, and not always with the proper equipment that they need. I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who works in our NHS. Thank you for keeping us safe during the crisis, and going the extra mile to keep us all healthy. I don’t know where we’d be without all your hard work.

If you maybe missed the clap earlier, or you just want to make your gratitude for our NHS know, you can sign a digital Thank You card for our NHS heroes here:

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