This Sunday will mark 72 years since the NHS was founded.
On 5th July 1948, the NHS was launched by Aneurin Bevan, at Park Hospital in Manchester.
There will be a virtual rally today at 4pm, with Keir Starmer, Angela Rayner, Jonathan Ashworth, Rosena Allin-Khan and special NHS guests to celebrate 72 years of the NHS and stand in solidarity with NHS workers.
On this year’s anniversary, we particularly thank NHS staff who have worked hard to care for patients suffering from COVID-19, whilst remembering all those who have died during the pandemic.
On Saturday 4th July, the same day as major lockdown restrictions are lifted in England, a minute’s silence will be held at 8pm to remember the tens of thousands of victims of coronavirus. People are also being encouraged to put a light in their windows in remembrance.
On Sunday at 5pm, the public are being asked to come together for a ‘clap of thanks’ in recognition of NHS staff and all key workers during the pandemic.
Across the country national landmarks will be lit up in blue as a tribute to the NHS.