As the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday this week, it’s a great opportunity to say thank you to everyone who make our NHS what it is today. NHS staff from porters to caterers, from GPs to nurses and from consultants to midwives, and many others, work tirelessly every day to deliver health services.
We should be very proud of the first 70 years of the NHS. Its success is down to its hard working staff who go above and beyond to care for everyone and I would like to say a huge thank you to them.
Our NHS faces some of the greatest challenges to overcome, such as a social care crisis, lengthy waiting times and workforce shortages for key roles, such as GPs.
At the same time demand continues to increase, on what is an already under pressure service.
These challenges are not insurmountable and I will continue to fight to provide hard working NHS staff the support they need to do their job and provide the best possible service.
I believe the best days for our NHS are ahead – let’s work together to build a stronger, safer, and better NHS for all of us.