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Independents' Day

Is it someone’s birthday?

Editor’s blog

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I found out something amazing. Did you know that it is the 70th birthday of the NHS today?! I know – they really kept that one quiet.

I kid, of course. It’s not a massive surprise that there has been such a fuss made of the celebrations. The NHS holds a place in the national psyche - I can’t recall too many Olympic opening ceremonies paying tribute to a public service like the London one did.

We’ve not been immune to that over at Pulse Towers. Indeed, our cover feature for the July issue is based on NHS 70 – though we fear we may be party poopers. We have analysed the funding settlements and come to the conclusion that GPs might not get the settlement they really need from Theresa May’s promise of £20bn more a year for the NHS.

But it has also given us a chance to look at general practice over the past 70 years, at the characters that have helped improve the profession – and those that GPs haven’t always seen eye-to-eye with.

We have looked back at a GP’s typical week in 1948 – which is a real eye-opener - and have an interview with three generations of GPs.

It has also given our columnists the chance to reflect on general practice. Dr Shaba Nabi gives a wonderful speech – with a nod to Martin Luther King – while Dr Kailash Chand says what the NHS really needs as a birthday gift and we report on the NHS 70 march that took place over the weekend.

It is probably highly unlikely that we’ll be seeing another 70 years of the NHS. But let’s celebrate it while it is still with us.

Jaimie Kaffash is editor of Pulse. Follow him on Twitter @jkaffash or email him at

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  • Vinci Ho

    From today until the Chancellor’s next budget statement, it is crucial to develop the narrative(s) about what we think must happen for NHS and general practice to stay . There will be some spinning from this weakened government and it is up to us how to anti-spin. NHS has been politicised far beyond necessarily. The future of the country will also needed be to determined in the next three to four months as far as Brexit is concerned. Whichever way it goes , we must not let politicians bundle NHS with agendas eroding the virtues and values we believe(well, one always has a choice not to believe anymore ).
    My argument stays such that if even a primarily anti-taxation political party has to succumb to the political reality of raising more tax to sustain a socialist health system , NHS will stay for a long time.

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  • End of the line?

    WilL i am's song
    "its my birthday"
    sounds appt
    but we do not have any dollars to spend..
    (it sure is hot though)

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  • End of the line?

    Feels like the gov wants to put its 70 year old in a private nursing home...

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