Posted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 02/07/2013 10:16:44
Nineteen forty-eight was a good year. The popular Morris Minor made its debut on our roads, Polo mints hit the shelves and Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath fame was born. OK, it was quite a good year. It was also the beginning of an ambitious plan to bring good healthcare to everybody in the UK - that plan was the National Health Service.
Friday 5 July marks the 65th birthday of the NHS. I hope your readers will join NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in saying ‘Happy Birthday’, and celebrating the transformation in healthcare over that time.
If we think back for a moment, pre-1948 was a time when people would sometimes avoid contacting the doctor because they couldn’t afford to pay the fee.
Chemotherapy treatments for cancer, organ transplants, and keyhole surgery have all been introduced in the NHS’ lifetime.
Looking to the present, the biggest and most recent change has been the introduction of CCGs which have given GPs more control and say over local healthcare. As an organisation we may be new, but many of our staff have given decades of loyal service, some even their whole careers, to providing healthcare in the Canterbury, Faversham, Herne Bay, Whitstable, Sandwich and Ash areas.
While we have seen some radical changes over the years, one of the constants throughout the life of the NHS is its commitment to providing free, high-quality healthcare for everyone. The NHS constitution, which was recently updated, now clearly sets out in one place what staff, patients and the public can expect from the NHS. The NHS Choices website, www.nhs.uk has further details on this.
As we celebrate 65 years of the NHS, we are also very much looking to the future at NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG. Our ambition is to provide the highest quality, cost-effective and compassionate care, as close to home for patients as possible. Perhaps most importantly, we are committed to listening to our patients. So, as you reflect, consider becoming a ‘Friend of C4G’ to keep up to date with all our latest news and to help us shape the future of healthcare in our area. For more information, visit our website: www.canterburycoastalccg.nhs.uk or call 01227 791359.