Happy birthday NHS!

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Today is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, and we celebrate all the phenomenal staff who keep the NHS running day in, day out, and we thank them for their hard work.

On Saturday I was delighted to take part in the NHS march in London and it was great to meet so many people who all care passionately about our most treasured national institution.

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Yesterday in parliament I also had the pleasure of meeting Clair and Natalie from Pennine Acute’s Community Tissue Viability Services who have won the #NHS70 award for Person-Centred Care.

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It is the responsibility of each and every one of us who cares about the NHS to defend the principles on which it was created by a Labour government 70 years ago - publicly owned and democratically accountable universal healthcare, free at the point of use for everyone regardless of wealth or background.

Here's to another 70 years, and many more beyond that. #OurNHS70

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