The NHS in England, NHS Scotland, NHS Wales, and the affiliated Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland were established together in 1948 as one of the major social reforms following the Second World War. The founding principles were that services should be comprehensive, universal and free at the point of delivery. Each service provides a comprehensive range of health services, free at the point of use for people ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, apart from dental treatment and optical care. The English NHS also requires patients to pay prescription charges with a range of exemptions from these charges.
Simon Dobbin: Brain-damaged football fan's family want law change Simon Dobbin's wife wants people convicted of violent disorder to have to make payments to the NHS. BBC News - Published 3 hours ago
'I asked to be electrocuted' As a teenage boy, Carolyn Mercer had electric shock therapy on the NHS in the hope she would be "cured". BBC News - Published 2 days ago
Jeremy Corbyn urges general election to solve Brexit 'crisis'
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn makes a speech to party members and media at Pen Green Children's Centre in Corby, Northamptonshire. In the speech he talks about the Brexit 'crisis', the country being on a..
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Boris Johnson announces NHS funding boost in Lincolnshire
Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire to announce extra funding for Accident and Emergency services. Mr Johnson said "we are starting here in Boston with £21..
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Protesters gather for march against Brexit
Protesters have gathered in Westminster to march against Brexit in anticipation of Boris Johnson likely becoming the next prime minister. The "No to Boris, yes to Europe" protest saw a giant inflatable..
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NHS bosses ordered to 'stick to script' that no-deal Brexit must happen on 31 October if necessary Ministers accused of 'gagging order' as health chiefs told all communications must be 'aligned' with No 10's 'top lines' Independent - Published 3 days ago
Wimborne explosives accused 'was like textbook weirdo' Kevin Yates told an NHS helpline worker he had weapons and explosives at his home, a jury hears. BBC News - Published 1 week ago NHS boss collects £185k pay while suspended in Rotherham, then gets new £300k job in Devon – and does exactly the same thing Second time in five years George Thomson kept NHS wages while absent during investigation Independent - Published 1 week ago
Brexit: Government to fast-track spending review to deliver Johnson's pledges as 31 October deadline looms Review to be rushed through next month to honour promises to police, schools and NHS - but Labour dismisses move as 'pre-election panic measures' Independent - Published 2 weeks ago
Health secretary faces NHS backlash over proposed pension changes for doctors NHS managers say reforms to keep doctors' tax bills down should apply to them too Independent - Published 2 weeks ago
Tafida Raqeeb: Parents of five-year-old who doctors say should be allowed to die fight to take her out of NHS hospital Family want to take child to Italy where clinicians say she may be revived from six-month coma Independent - Published 3 weeks ago Boris Johnson's £1.8bn NHS cash boost 'a drop in the ocean', health experts warn Prime minister to unveil plans to upgrade 20 hospitals across England but is told funding only 'a fraction' of what is needed Independent - Published 3 weeks ago
UK PM announces one-off cash boost for NHS The money will be available immediately, with some of it funding upgrades to 20 hospitals in England. BBC News - Published 3 weeks ago
Boris Johnson announces £1.8bn one-off cash boost for NHS hospitals The money will be available immediately, with some of it funding upgrades to 20 hospitals in England. BBC News - Published 3 weeks ago Also reported by • Independent
Boris Johnson's senior adviser said Tories 'don't care' about NHS or poor people 'They don't care about the NHS. And the public has kind of cottoned on to that,' Dominic Cummings told conference Independent - Published 3 weeks ago
UK trade minister Truss says NHS will not be put up for sale: The Telegraph Britain's trade minister Liz Truss has said the National Health Service (NHS) would not be put up for sale, as she prepares to discuss a free-trade deal with the U.S. in the next few weeks. Reuters - Published on July 28, 2019 Computer hacker who helped stop WannaCry virus attack on NHS spared jail over malware charges Judge says Marcus Hutchins' good deed outweighs harm of offence Independent - Published on July 27, 2019
Fake NHS psychiatrist 'medicated at least 160 patients' GMC apologises for 'inadequate' checks after bogus doctor practised for 22 years Independent - Published on July 24, 2019 Who is Dominic Cummings and was he really responsible for Brexit? The former Vote Leave chief was the brains behind '£350m-a-week for the NHS' and 'take back control' Independent - Published on July 24, 2019
Dominic Cummings to be Boris Johnson's senior adviser, despite being found in contempt of parliament Vote Leave campaign chief – the brains behind the notorious '£350m-a-week for the NHS' claim – to be taken into No 10 Independent - Published on July 24, 2019 NHS and councils to have legal duty to help prevent violent crime, government announces Public bodies will be required to share data and intelligence in bid to tackle 'senseless bloodshed', says Sajid Javid Independent - Published on July 14, 2019
Knife crime: NHS and councils to have legal duty to prevent knife crime New rules mean police forces and councils will also have to work together to tackle serious violence. BBC News - Published on July 14, 2019 NHS fees: 'Couple couldn't take baby's body home' Growing opposition to policy of charging overseas NHS patients upfront for care in England. BBC News - Published on July 10, 2019
Minister attacked for refusing to act on evidence that overseas patients are dying because of upfront NHS charges Stephen Hammond under fire after rejecting pleas for full review of impact of fees introduced as part of 'hostile environment' Independent - Published on July 7, 2019 Emilia Clarke backs NHS plan to support young stroke survivors The Game of Thrones actress backs an NHS plan for more support for young stroke survivors. BBC News - Published on July 6, 2019
Lesbian and bisexual women at risk from 'dangerous myth' they cannot get cervical cancer, warns NHS Report suggests one in five lesbian, gay and bisexual women never been for test Independent - Published on June 29, 2019 Aneurin Bevan: Trusts apologise after death of NHS founder's great-nephew The great-nephew of Aneurin Bevan died after a delay in him being offered radiotherapy. BBC News - Published on June 24, 2019
John Prescott: Former deputy prime minister in hospital after stroke The 81-year-old was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary and is receiving 'excellent care from the NHS', his family say Independent - Published on June 24, 2019 NHS workers including nurses and cleaners raped and groped at work, finds new report Research reveals being leered at or subjected to offensive 'banter' were regular problems for many healthcare staff Independent - Published on June 20, 2019
Children's hospices 'to shut if NHS does not increase funding' A charity for terminally ill children warns hospices are under threat unless the NHS increases funding. BBC News - Published on June 20, 2019 Theresa May's flagship NHS plan set to fail because of dithering on social care, NHS bosses say Cuts to services which keep patients well and out of hospital means 'historic NHS investment' touted by departing prime minister will fall short Independent - Published on June 17, 2019
More than 100,000 children denied mental health treatment each year, figures suggest Tens of thousands of 10-17 year olds seeking help turned away from NHS trusts because problems not deemed 'serious' enough, warns Children's Society Independent - Published on June 17, 2019 Listeria outbreak: Health secretary orders NHS food review after five deaths linked to hospital sandwiches 'We need a radical new approach to the food that is served in our NHS,' says minister after death toll rises Independent - Published on June 15, 2019 Also reported by • BBC News
NHS fire-eater 'stable' after talent show accident Kristy Cullum had been taking part in NHS Got Talent when her fire-eating act went wrong. BBC News - Published on June 11, 2019 Contaminated blood inquiry: 'We watched them all die' John Cornes is one of six brothers infected by contaminated blood through NHS transfusions. BBC News - Published on June 11, 2019
Fire-eater badly hurt at Hampshire NHS talent show An NHS worker suffers facial burns during a charity fundraising performance. BBC News - Published on June 10, 2019 UK 'has to resist' opening up NHS to US in post-Brexit trade deal, warns former Tory health secretary A former Conservative health secretary has agreed the NHS is under threat from a trade deal with the US after Brexit, warning: "We have to resist them." Independent - Published on June 5, 2019
Trump U-turns on NHS trade comments, saying 'I don't see it being on the table' 'That's something that I would not consider part of trade,' says US president Independent - Published on June 5, 2019 Trump UK visit – live: President and Farage to meet as Tory leader hopefuls reject Trump's demand NHS is opened to US firms 'Comprehensive' trade deal promised as US leader suggests American involvement in healthcare a possibility Independent - Published on June 4, 2019
Trump says NHS must be 'on the table' in post-Brexit trade deal Donald Trump has insisted the NHS should be "on the table" in any post-Brexit trade deal negotiations between the UK and US. Independent - Published on June 4, 2019 Doctor Jonathan Fielden spied on girl in shower NHS anaesthetist admits a charge of voyeurism which took place at a house in Leighton Buzzard. BBC News - Published on June 3, 2019
Brexit: NHS could be 'on the table' as part of US trade deal, ambassador says Health secretary wades into the row, saying health service is 'not for sale' Independent - Published on June 2, 2019 NHS violence: Nurses talk of attacks by patients in hospital Nurses at a hospital in Dorset speak about the times they have been attacked by their patients. BBC News - Published on May 26, 2019
Brexit: Boris Johnson could be summoned to court over 'dishonest' £350m-a-week NHS pledge Lawyers try to launch private prosecution against ex-foreign secretary Independent - Published on May 23, 2019 Big tobacco secretly bankrolling anti-NHS think-tank which pays Tory leadership contenders thousands, investigation reveals British American Tobacco funding Institute of Economic Affairs which has called for the NHS to be abolished, while previous funders include sugar and soft drinks companies Independent - Published on May 16, 2019
Spinal muscular atrophy: Spinraza approval delights family A drug that can slow the effects of spinal muscular atrophy is approved for use on the NHS. BBC News - Published on May 15, 2019 NHS fines for 1.7 million people overturned, watchdog finds A watchdog finds £188m incorrect penalties by the NHS in England for dental treatment and prescriptions. BBC News - Published on May 14, 2019
NHS fraud crackdown sees millions in fines dished out to elderly, sick and others eligible for free treatment Cash-starved NHS running 'haphazard' anti-fraud programme which could increase mental health problems and put eligible people off seeking care Independent - Published on May 13, 2019 NHS staff shortage: How many doctors and nurses come from abroad? Could the NHS endanger health services in poorer countries by recruiting overseas? BBC News - Published on May 12, 2019
Eye-watering: Specsavers charge customer £4bn for eye drops Martyn Chidlow 'couldn't believe his eyes' when nearly charged half the annual NHS bill for Wales Independent - Published on May 12, 2019 Criminal investigation into 'abuse' of people with learning disabilities by staff at centre run by major NHS contractor Exclusive Durham Constabulary launches investigation into allegations of 'physical and psychological abuse' at Whorlton Hall, County Durham Independent - Published on May 10, 2019
Mental health patients increasingly sent 'hundreds of miles' for care NHS figures show 3,155 mental health patients were placed more than 100km from home for treatment. BBC News - Published on May 9, 2019 NHS failing child sex abuse survivors with 'woeful' support, victim says Ian Ackley, who was abused by paedophile football coach Barry Bennell, said he was not surprised that a new report found five out of six survivors feel let down by NHS mental health support Independent - Published on May 7, 2019