Over the last 20 years or so I've become a huge supporter of the NHS, maybe it's an age thing, I didn't take a lot of notice when I was younger. 
I was once married to an NHS nurse who gave me a sort of insiders view of how hard they all work in sometimes tough scenarios. The hours are long, for a salary which could have been a lot more, but that's easier said than done.
As years have past both my parents have had what seems like yearly visits to the hospital for all sorts of medical issues and each time they are admitted the staff throughout the NHS have been fantastic. In some instances lifesavers. And for me, a helicopter ride to Truro hospital because of a neck injury didn't cost me a penny. Even the care afterwards was free, how can anyone complain?
People seem to forget its FREE for all who are here in the UK, and long may that continue.
With that said, here are my five reasons why the NHS rocks, especially the staff who are incredible, caring, passionate human beings - happy 70th birthday to all at the NHS.
1 Patients are put first.
I can't think of one bad visit to the doctors or hospital, not one. You read a lot of negativity online, but for me, I can't think of one. Fingers crossed that doesn't change.
2 Amazing people.
As I said, I was once married to a nurse, I know how hard all the staff work, from receptionists all the way to the consultants, they work as a team and most give 100% in the care of all patients. I'm sure most will agree.
3 The NHS employs thousands.
I didn't realise how many people the NHS employ, we sort of think locally, but after digging around the internet, the figure is incredible. 
According to the LibDem website, the NHS is the UK's largest employer with a workforce of around 1.2 million, that is a lot of people - wow!
4 We need the NHS.
I've been unfortunate to visit a few different hospitals around the world, mostly due to other peoples misfortunes. You always hear people say about how good the care is in the USA, yes its good. It's costly and quite complicated - is it as good as the NHS, not a chance. Sometimes you may have to wait a few hours for non-emergencies but I've also sat in A&E in the USA for a similar time, and that cost thousands. 
Whatever happens, we need the NHS in this country. We cannot switch to private health cover. It would be a travesty.
5 Did you know?
The NHS in England treats more than 1.4 million patients every 24 hours.
The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world, along with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the Indian railways and the Wal-Mart supermarket chain.
The NHS in England is expected to spend £126 billion in 2018/19
There are more than 7,400 GP practices in England
In March 2017, the NHS employed 106,430 doctors, 285,893 nurses and health visitors, 21,597 midwives, 132,673 scientific, therapeutic and technical staff (across England’s hospital and community healthcare services (full-time equivalent))
There are more than 100 volunteering roles within health and social care
There were 16 million total hospital admissions in England in 2015/16, 28 per cent more than a decade earlier
The total annual attendances at England’s accident and emergency departments was 23 million in 2016/17, 23.5 per cent higher than a decade earlier
In comparison with the healthcare systems of ten other countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and USA) the NHS was found to be the most impressive overall by the Commonwealth Fund in 2017.

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