Have your say on healthcare services
Friday (July 5) marks the 65th anniversary of the NHS. It is amazing to think that our National Health Service has been going strong for more than half a century.
I hope your readers will join NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in reflecting on what a feat that is and celebrate the transformation in healthcare over that time.
In 65 years, the NHS has certainly come a long way. If we think back for a moment, pre-1948 was, incredibly, a time when people would sometimes avoid contacting the doctor because they couldn’t afford to pay the fee.
Chemotherapy treatments for cancer, organ transplants and keyhole surgery have all been introduced in the NHS lifetime.
Looking to the present, the biggest and most recent change has been the introduction of CCGs which have put GPs in the driving seat when it comes to local health services.