United Kingdom

UK's National Health Service Turns 65

It sucks


The NHS—hailed as "one of the greatest achievements of civilisation" on its 65th anniversary—may cease to exist in its current form within 10 years, a new report has warned.

According to the NHS Confederation, the health service faces "significant financial and demand pressures", which require a "radical shift" in the way it delivers care.

It comes as the Prime Minister and doctors' leaders heaped praise on the system—the first of its kind anywhere in the world when it launched in 1948.

Speaking after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced plans to give every vulnerable elderly person a named medic responsible for their care, David Cameron said: "Of course there are pressures and problems but there is a lot to celebrate.