The NHS belongs to the people

14 03 2013

I spent the day yesterday at the Health Innovations Expo in London. Whilst there I attended a number of seminars, during one of which I was reminded of the opening paragraph to the NHS constitution. It’s a powerful statement!

‘The NHS belong to the people’

It is there to improve our health and well-being, supporting us to keep mentally and physically well, to get better when we are ill and, when we cannot fully recover, to stay as well as we can to the end of our lives.  It works at the limits of science – bringing the highest levels of human knowledge and skill to save lives and improve health.  It touches our lives at times of basic human need, when care and compassion are what matter most.

I think we all need to remember this at times.

The NHS belongs to the people

The NHS belongs to the people

 

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