Brief history of the NHS

The NHS as it is also known was established in 1948 by the Labour government of the time to provide a free health care service to all UK citizens. The Secretary of State for Health who introduced it over 60 years ago was Aneurin Bevan.

One of its founding principles is to provide a world class heath service to British citizens regardless of their wealth. Meaning it is available to patients from all social backgrounds regardless of their financial circumstances.

The NHS has its own charter and constitution, in which it lists its obligations and objectives in providing a ‘cradle to grave’ service to the general population. When it was first launched after the Second World War its aims were limited to covering three areas know as the tripartite system. These were hospital services, primary care and also community services, however in the following decades the service it provides has expanded considerably.

Most of the costs of running the NHS come through direct taxation, and in the financial year 2008 / 2009 its budget was in the region of ?98 billion.

The National Health Service is separate from the UK private health sector, which is much smaller in comparison to the NHS.

It is controlled and operated by the Department of Health which is responsible for all it’s local and national healthcare centres.

NHS workforce
It has been estimated that the NHS is the fifth biggest employer in the world, with over 1.3 million employees.

As you can imagine with an organisation of this size there are many vacancies available for those disabled jobseekers interested in a medical related career.

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