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.