The NHS: The Principles Of The NHS

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The NHS was established on 5th July 1948, when hospitals organisation including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were all together under one umbrella to provide free service to UK residents at the point of delivery (NHS 2013). Its aims were to ensure good healthcare was provided regardless of wealth, race, culture or ethnicity. The NHS is governed by three principles which are: the needs of individual must be met, healthcare must be free at the point of use and based on clinical needs, but not the ability to pay (NHS 2013). These principles have remained the cornerstone of the NHS for more than 60 years and remain at its core structure. The NHS is constantly focussing on improving patient services and quality care. For

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