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Rock legend celebrates the 63rd birthday of the NHS

5th July 2011

Metal Rock star and famous family man Ozzy Osbourne today led tributes in celebration of the 63rd birthday of the NHS.

Born in Birmingham in 1948, the same year the NHS was created, the Black Sabbath front man was one of the first generation to be delivered by NHS doctors. He was also treated by emergency services and the NHS when he was rushed to intensive care in Slough, following a near fatal accident in 2003.

Ozzy Osbourne had this message for NHS Staff:

“If it wasn’t for the hardworking staff of the NHS following my serious quad bike accident I may not be here today to continue my career as the Prince of Darkness.

“I want to say a big thank you to all of the dedicated doctors, nurses and everyone else who makes up the NHS across the country – from Birmingham to Berkshire. Just like me, it’s still going strong after 63 years. Long may we both keep it up.”

The NHS was born on July 5 1948 out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth. When then Health Secretary Aneurin Bevan launched the service at Park Hospital in Manchester, it was the climax of a hugely ambitious plan to bring good healthcare to all. For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella organisation that was free for all at the point of delivery – as it remains today.

Today, the NHS treats a million people every 36 hours and NHS staff are in contact with around 15 million people every day. Staff around the country are expected to hold local celebrations today to mark the important role they play in making the NHS the national treasure it has become.

A selection of other birthday messages follow:

Clare Leon-Villapalos, an intensive care nurse at Imperial College Hospital said:

"I've been an intensive care nurse for nearly 10 years and I still value the teamwork and excitement of working in such a vital role. It can be a very difficult job but knowing that you're helping patients and their families when they need it most is very rewarding. I'm incredibly grateful for the NHS both as a patient and a member of staff - it's a fantastic job and I'd like to wish the NHS and my colleagues across it a happy 63rd birthday."

John Mandlik, 63, who recently underwent heart surgery said:

"I've been lucky enough to have had the NHS look after me and my family for the past 63 years - it's literally been my lifesaver. It was my GP who acted quickly to recognise the signs of a heart attack, and the skilled staff at King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill who got me back home (and walking) within 4 days of a 4 hour coronary bypass operation to recover with my family.

"I am delighted that my own family will be contributing to the essential work of the NHS - my youngest daughter is training to become a doctor. It's great to think that soon she'll be saving the lives of people just like me."

Mark Shrimpton, Deputy Chief Executive of the Royal Association for Disability Rights (Radar), and on behalf on Radar, the National Centre for Independent Living and Shaping Our Lives said:

"Only today, we heard of Kings College Hospital London where, amongst their midwifery team, they have staff who specialise in supporting pregnant women who are mental health service users through their pregnancy. They recognise that disabled people and people with lived experience or long term health conditions just want to lead ordinary lives. Thank you NHS. Happy 63rd Birthday!"

Kevin Curly, Chief Executive of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action said:

'The NHS has threaded through my life for 59 years as a force for good, bringing care, treatment and kindness for my mother in her last years, my wife when she was in childbirth and my children and I when we had accidents. This is an opportunity to thank the people whom we so often take for granted. The NHS is not an institution nor is it a market place. It's a great social movement of people who dedicate their lives to caring for all comers without discrimination, I am pleased to wish them happy birthday”.

Joe Korner, Director of Communications at the Stroke Association said:

“As a country, we’re often quick to fault our health service, yet we rarely take the time to highlight some of its amazing achievements. We’d like to thank the NHS for everything it has done for stroke patients over recent years. With its help stroke care has been transformed; patients are now being treated quicker, on designated stroke units, and more stroke patients than ever are walking out of hospitals as opposed to in wheelchairs. A very Happy Birthday to the NHS!”

Dr Joanne Medhurst, GP and Medical Director at Bexley Care Trust said:

"I have a job that means I can help understand patients as well as improve services within the borough I live in. This is rewarding, stimulating and challenging. I love it. Happy Birthday NHS."

Ratna Dutt, Chief Executive of the Race Equality Foundation said:

“For 63 years the NHS has dedicated its service to a diverse community of patients and public and has done so mainly through its workforce. Black and minority ethnic workers have been a key part of this workforce and have played a crucial role in the success of the NHS. I am sure they will continue to play a key role in leading and delivering NHS improvements over the coming years.”

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Title: Rock legend celebrates the 63rd birthday of the NHS
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 19014
Date Added: 5th Jul 2011

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