Forget 70 - what will the NHS look like at 100?

  • 29 June 2018
  • From the section Health
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The NHS is turning 70. It's a time for celebration.

But like any big birthday, it naturally prompts thoughts of what is to come.

What will the NHS look like in the future? Let's see if we can forecast what the health service will be like on its 100th birthday.

Will there even be an NHS?

It seems inconceivable that there won't be. Tory politician Nigel Lawson once famously said ".... the NHS is the closest thing the English people have to a religion".

It means all political parties talk about the NHS being a priority. Earlier this month Prime Minister Theresa May was unveiling a new funding settlement - or birthday present, as it was dubbed - for the health service.

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The history of the NHS in charts

  • 24 June 2018
  • From the section Health
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The NHS came kicking and screaming into life on 5 July 1948.

It was the first time anywhere in the world that completely free healthcare was made available on the basis of citizenship rather than the payment of fees or insurance.

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Shipman, Bristol, Stafford, Morecambe Bay - and now Gosport

  • 20 June 2018
  • From the section Health
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One by one the scandals have become etched on the public consciousness. The mass killings by Harold Shipman. The deaths of babies undergoing heart surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary and born under the care of Morecambe Bay maternity services. The needless suffering of patients at Stafford Hospital.

Now we can add Gosport War Memorial Hospital in Hampshire to that list. News that 456 patients died after they were given opiate painkillers without reason is one of those moments that send a shudder through the NHS - and the nation.

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Jeremy Hunt: The longest-serving health secretary

  • 4 June 2018
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He has overseen worsening waiting times for cancer care, hospital operations and emergency treatment. Hospitals have bust their budgets by record amounts. And there has been the first all-out strike by doctors. But despite all this, Jeremy Hunt has remained as health secretary in England.

With five years and 274 days under his belt, he is the longest-serving custodian of the NHS, having surpassed Margaret Thatcher's Health Minister, Norman Fowler, and Aneurin Bevan, the man who set up the health service in the first place. How has he survived so long?

The holiday that shaped Hunt

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Alfie Evans: Is 'guerrilla warfare' a sign of things to come?

  • 30 April 2018
  • From the section Health
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Image caption Alfie Evans died on Saturday after being taken off life support last Monday

The similarities between the Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans cases are uncanny.

Alfie, who had a degenerative brain condition, died on Saturday aged 23 months. It came less than a year after Charlie, who had a rare genetic condition, passed away at 11 months of age.

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Is social media to thank for low teen pregnancy rates?

  • 28 March 2018
  • From the section Health
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It is perhaps one of the great societal success stories of our time.

Over the past 20 years, the teenage pregnancy rate in England and Wales has been more than halved.

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Did the NHS avert disaster this winter?

  • 9 February 2018
  • From the section Health
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Cast your mind back to the first week of the year and it looked like the NHS was heading for Armageddon.

Ambulances were queuing outside A&E units unable to handover their patients, trolleys were stacking up in corridors and there was hardly a bed free anywhere.

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10 charts that show why the NHS is in trouble

  • 24 May 2018
  • From the section Health
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This month hospitals have reported huge pressures, with A&Es over-crowded, a lack of beds and queues of ambulances stacked up outside unable to hand over their patients.

It was a similar story last winter. The NHS, it seems, is always facing unrelenting pressure. But why is this when funding is rising?

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Why 2018 will be a very special year for the NHS

  • 27 December 2017
  • From the section Health
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This is a special year for the NHS - it marks its 70th birthday. So expect lots of anniversary events and stories celebrating the success of the health service over the past seven decades.

The big day is on 5 July and word has it that the Chelsea Flower Show and the Wimbledon tennis championships will even be organising their own tributes.

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NHS pay rise: Are there strings attached?

  • 29 November 2017
  • From the section Health
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The headlines following the Budget were clear on NHS pay - nurses were to receive a pay rise after six years of restraint.

The announcement was widely welcomed by not just nurses, but other staff groups on what is known as the Agenda for Change contract. They include everyone from midwives and radiographers to porters and administrative staff.

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