The 50th Anniversary of the NHS is an opportunity for the country as a whole to reflect on the contribution made by the health service since 1948: and for the service itself to promote better health and involve people more in the way it plans for the next 50 years.
Overall, it is an opportunity to re-affirm the founding principles of the NHS, and to further the core aims of our National Health Service.
With these guiding principles in mind, the NHS 50 National Steering Group has co-ordinated a national programme of events during 1998.
Projects have been established around three main objectives:
To promote better health
- NHS 50 website with health information
To spread good practice in health and healthcare
To improve public understanding of the NHS
On top of these events, Westminster Abbey will host a special act of celebration for the NHS on 3 July and there will be commemorative stamps issued by the Post Office, a 50 pence coin issued by the Royal Mint - and even an NHS Rose.
You can also find out how other national organisations are planning to mark the NHS 50th Anniversary by clicking here.