Today is World Health Day 7/4/2020. World Health Day’s message is simple: giving people access to healthcare without the prospect of financial hardship. The World Health Organisation’s Constitution states that its objective “is the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health“.
The NHS was born out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. At its launch by the then minister of health, Aneurin Bevan, on 5 July 1948, set at its heart the principles that it meet the needs of everyone and be free at the point of access.
Today more than any other we should give thanks to the National Health service not only for the life-saving work they have been carrying out since the onset of the Coronavirus crisis, but for all the years that people in this country have received free health care. The envy of the world especially now.
A very special thank you to all the dedicated nurses and midwives. The core principle of the NHS remains commitment to quality of care. Earning the trust placed in us by insisting on quality and striving to get the basics right every time: safety, confidentiality, professional and managerial integrity, accountability, compassion, dependable service and good communication.
Working together for the lives of the patients- NHS, Advocacy Matters salutes you.