Posted by Devenia Besant on 05 Jul 2020

Today marks 72 years since the NHS and social care system was established.  With this year being the most challenging in NHS history, the NHS say this birthday is an opportunity to recognise, reflect and remember.

Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England and NHS Improvement say’s:

“This year has been the most challenging in NHS history, with staff displaying extraordinary dedication, skill and compassion to care for the 100,000 patients with COVID-19 who needed specialist hospital treatment and many others besides.

During this testing time our nurses, doctors, physios, pharmacists and countless more colleagues were sustained by the support of the public, not least through the weekly applause for key workers.

No health service, not even the NHS, could have coped alone with this coronavirus pandemic.

From bus drivers and teachers to care staff and food retailers and, of course, the public who took action to stay at home to stop infection spreading, everyone played their part.

The NHS’s birthday this year not only offers the opportunity for us to say thank you to the nation, but for us all to come together at 5pm to pause and recognise all the work which has taken place in the last months and say a heartfelt thank you.”

To celebrate and say thank you together –  the whole country is invited to come together at 5pm to clap for all of those who have been helping us through the pandemic.  Everyone is encouraged to stop what they’re doing and join with others (following social distancing) in their streets to applaud not just the NHS and other key workers but all those who have volunteered or helped keep services and community networks going.

More information about this evenings clap can be found here.

Happy 72nd Birthday NHS, thank you for all that you have done and are doing!

Dee xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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