Have your say on health­care ser­vices

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - It’s Just Not Cricket -

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.

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