A Brief History of the NHS

“Organising healthcare information is a daunting task but it is not an impossible task. We’ve had people walk on the moon. This is a lot more doable”

Behind every monumental event recorded history, we see a systematic pattern of similar beginnings. The establishment of the NHS in the year 1948 is no different. A budding dream and a flurry of strategies lay buried deep in the mind of daring individuals – one of which was Welsh Minister of Health and pioneer of social justice living in the heart of South Wales, Aneurin Nye Bevan.

The sector of healthcare is complex and is undergoing rapid changes every day. Issues of medical adherence and concordance along with a population that is growing at exponential rates which ultimately is resulting in the demand to supply ratio of patients and hospital services to become askew. In addition to a rapidly growing population coupled with the great strides in technological advances in healthcare and better approaches to pharmaceutical design concepts/medication therapies we are now seeing a rise in life expectancy – specifically amongst elderly people. With a myriad of issues revolving around healthcare, it’s unequivocal that the healthcare system operation in the United Kingdom along with the principles that would anchor this novel system would be the first of it’s kind in the world. Free universal care at the point of contact, fast and free services (although the debate about the speed in light of the recent economic climate in the UK is up for debate.

The NHS has embarked on a long joinery. Here’s a timeline to some major events throughout NHS history