On this day in 1948, 13 year old Sylvia Beckingham was admitted to Park Hospital in Manchester, today known as Trafford General Hospital. This turned out to be a landmark moment in British history, precisely 6 miles from the offices of DA Languages!
She would become the first patient ever entitled to free healthcare, and from these humble beginnings the National Health Service was born.
Aneurin Bevan, the Health Secretary opened the hospital which was the result of a hugely ambitious plan. The strategy was to deliver healthcare based on four principles. It was to be free at the point of use, available to everyone, paid for out of general taxation, and used responsibly.
At the time Britain had recently emerged from war, and tuberculosis, mumps and polio were prevalent. Britain’s 2,700 hospitals were then run by charities or councils.
The NHS has, and will have to carry on adapting to the different challenges of an aging population and continue to be a foundation of British life.
Constantly the subject of debate surrounding its reform, it is worth reflecting on a study by the Commonwealth Fund in 2017. 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!
Some NHS facts
- It’s the UK’s largest employer, with over 1.5 million staff from all over the world and more than 350 different careers.
- The NHS deals with over 1 million patients every 36 hours!
- Runs on a budget anticipated to be £126.3bn in 2018-19.
- There are 7,454 GP practices in England.
- In March 2017, the NHS employed (full-time equivalent): 106,430 doctors; 285,893 nurses and health visitors; 21,597 midwives; 132,673 scientific, therapeutic and technical staff; 19,772 ambulance staff; 21,139 managers; and 9,974 senior managers.
DA Languages have developed a partnership approach in our over 10 years supporting the NHS.
We work with over 45 NHS Trusts across the UK, and in the last 3 years booking requests volumes have tripled and we have doubled our NHS client base!
We focus on truly understanding the trust’s requirements, identifying current service issues, and tailoring our service to suit their needs. We provide Translation, Face-to-Face and Telephone Interpreting services to assist the care of non/limited English-speaking patients.
DA Languages are proud to be a partner! We wish the NHS a very happy 70th birthday, and look forward to many more years working together.
Also, we will be taking part in the NHS in the North Excellence in Supply awards 2018, we will keep you posted!
If you’d like to speak with us, Contact Us today!
Written by Andrew Tattersall