Today marks the 75th anniversary of the NHS, our most treasured national institution, as we deliver a better NHS for staff and patients now and in the future.
We know there are pressures on services, particularly following the pandemic, and it is important the NHS changes and adapts in response to this by improving technology and medical advancements.
That is why we are supporting our NHS with record levels of investment and record numbers of doctors and nurses. Investment must be supported by reform, which is why last week we set out our 15-year NHS workforce plan, backed by £2.4 billion, modernising the workforce and setting out the largest expansion in training and recruitment in the NHS’ history.
We are confident that with our plans for recovery and reform and an embrace of technology and innovation, it will be fit to deliver the best care to patients for another 75 years, as we deliver on the Prime Minister’s pledge to cut waiting lists.
Locally, we are blessed with strong primary and secondary care services, and we are fortunate to have three good hospitals on the doorstep, namely: Frimley Park, Wexham Park and Royal Berks, not to mention Heatherwood, Brants Bridge and all our GP surgeries. Yes, there is work to do to improve services but today is a day of celebration and I want to wish the NHS a very happy 75th birthday.