The National Health Service was founded on the 5th July 1948.

poster with "Our NHS is 70" in blue heart, website address, and quote from Aneurin Bevan's In Place of Fear - "The resources of medical skill and the apparatus of healing shall be placed at the disposal of the patient, without charge, when he or she needs them ... they should be made available to rich and poor alike in accordance with medical need and by no other criteria.”

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the service, Keep Gloucestershire’s NHS Public are organising a variety of events and activities – and encouraging Stroud residents to celebrate and reflect on the principles of the NHS and their value.

Events we are organising:

  1. An exhibition: NHS funding past, present and future, Lansdown Gallery, 11am-5pm Monday 25th – Saturday 30th June. Learn about and discuss the NHS budget and Private Finance Initiatives.
  2. The exhibition will be opened with a launch event at Lansdown Gallery, 6-9pm Monday 25th June, with Helen Mercer from People vs PFI, John Dougherty singing a song from the Stroud Maternity Matters campaign and more TBC.
  3. We are also organising coach transport from Stroud to the celebration and demonstration in London on Saturday 30th June.
  4. A Celebration at the Lansdown Hall and in Bank Gardens, 10am – 5.30pm Saturday 7th July.

Get involved!

Find out more on our volunteering page. To volunteer or ask questions contact us, email nhs70stroud@gmail.com, or call Chris Stockwell on 07717 491587.

All events are free entry. If you can afford it please donate with cash on the day or via: gofundme.com/nhs70stroud.

“Society becomes more wholesome, more serene, and spiritually healthier, if it knows that its citizens have at the back of their consciousness the knowledge that not only themselves, but all their fellows, have access, when ill, to the best that medical skill can provide.” – Aneurin Bevan, In Place of Fear, 1952

The New National Health Service booklet cover - Your new National Health Service begins on 5th July. What is it? How do you get it? It will provide you with all medical, dental, and nursing care. Everyone-rich or poor, man, woman or child-can use it or any part of it. There are no charges, except for a few special items. There are no insurance qualifications. But it is not a "charity". You are all paying for it, mainly as taxpayers, and it will relieve your money worries in times of illness