NHS 75 Year Anniversary - Looking Back/Looking Forward

Editorial by Togay Koç, O2 Editor

The NHS will celebrate its 75th anniversary in July. Much has changed since its launch on the 5th of July 1948 but some things have not. 

The Beveridge Report on which the NHS was incepted stated society's five 'Great Evils': want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness. We have fought these 'Great Evils' by delivering life changing surgery through ever smaller incisions to a growing population while shortening lengths of in-hospital stay. We use the assistance of robotics to increase the accuracy of our saw cuts, artificial intelligence to increase the accuracy of our diagnoses and virtual reality to help train for new procedures. 

Since its beginning the NHS budget has increased by an order of magnitude, yet it is underfunded.  It is the 5th largest employer in the world, yet it is understaffed. 3/4 of its staff are women, yet females are underrepresented in key roles and boards. Trainee work hours have halved, yet junior doctor morale is at an all-time low. 

The fight against the 'Great Evils' will continue. We fight them for our patients. We fight them for our NHS. However we must fight forward, not back.

A series of articles contributed by our members can be found below.


31 Aug 2023

Passing the medical torch: From past tackles to future tries

By Nigel and Fin Rossiter

Orthopaedics Online
10 Aug 2023

How training has changed…

By Phil Turner

Orthopaedics Online
03 Aug 2023

The plight of the NHS at 75

By Bertie Leigh

Orthopaedics Online
27 Jul 2023

The only thing that is constant is change

By Robin Allum

Orthopaedics Online
20 Jul 2023

Equality and accountability

By Bart Day

Orthopaedics Online
13 Jul 2023

Observations on the NHS at 75

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Orthopaedics Online
05 Jul 2023

NHS past and future through the generations

By Ola Eni-Olotu and Lola Eni-Olotu

Orthopaedics Online
22 Jun 2023

Realisation of a dream

By Francesca Solari

Orthopaedics Online
15 Jun 2023

Looking back and looking forward

By Simon Hodkinson

Orthopaedics Online
15 Jun 2023

The jewel in our crown

By Joe Dias

Orthopaedics Online