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70th Anniversary of the NHS

The Liberal Party wishes to acknowledge the 70th anniversary of the birth of the National Health Service (NHS) on the 5th July 2018.
The NHS is a vital public service, free at the point of delivery and a global model for a universal health care system.
The party fully acknowledges that the service nationally is under considerable financial and operational pressure and understands that it needs both adequate funding and leadership, both locally and nationally.
Whilst the party broadly supports the latest announcement for long-term funding for the NHS, it is imperative that such funding is delivered in a sustained manner as the NHS grapples with cost issues relating to an ageing population, medical and technological advances, in the 21st century.