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NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers' Day

NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers' Day

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The first NHS, Social Care and Front Line Worker’s Day takes place on Monday 5 July 2021. It will coincide with the 73rd anniversary of the NHS (National Health Service).

Our frontline NHS staff including doctors, nurses and paramedics are working tirelessly to fight the deadly coronavirus.

This nationwide celebration gives everyone the chance to show their appreciation of everything NHS staff and all key workers do for our country.

Visit our donate to NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers page if you would like to make a donation.

5 July 2021 – Timetable of Events

10:58am: Raising and Displaying the NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers' Day Flag

The Mayor of Ashford Cllr Callum Knowles along with the Leader of the Council Cllr Gerry Clarkson CBE, will raise a special NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day flag to signal the official start of the day’s celebrations.

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11:00am: Two Minutes Silence

A two minute silence to remember the men and women from the NHS, social care and other key services who have lost their lives in the service of others. The nation will take time out to remember the sacrifice of so many people.

1:00pm: The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of the NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers

Everyone is encouraged to pause at 1pm and raise a glass of refreshment of their choice to join in the Nation’s Toast – “To those who give so much, 24 hours a day, seven days a week within the NHS, social care and on the front line, we thank and salute you.”

4:00pm: Afternoon Tea

Join the nation and have Afternoon Tea at 4:00pm on 5 July 2021.  You can take tea at home, in the garden, on the balcony, on the village green, and in the town centre.

8:00pm: Clapping Our Heroes & the Ringing of Church Bells

Clapping on the street to show our support for those waging the battle against the deadly coronavirus was amazing, spontaneous and a heartfelt reflection of the public’s appreciation.

We are encouraging all to once again open their doors and windows, stand in their gardens, streets and other locations, and applaud the unstinting efforts of those people who are still saving lives and keeping essential services going.

To coincide with this, churches are being invited to ring their bells 73 times – one ring for every year of our beloved NHS.

Please use social media channels to promote your event using the hashtag #NHSDay and #NHSDayAshford.


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Prior to the establishment of the NHS, the healthcare system in England and Wales was considered inadequate. Infectious diseases were rife and infant mortality rates were high. People also had to pay for their healthcare – of which many could not afford.

During the Second World War, the Beveridge Report put forward a recommendation for “comprehensive health and rehabilitation services” and was supported across the House of Commons by all parties. In 1944 the Cabinet endorsed the White Paper put forward by the Minister of Health that sets out the guidelines for the NHS - funded from general taxation.

The NHS took hold when Clement Attlee came to power in 1945 and Aneurin Bevan became Health Minister. The NHS launched on 5 July 1948 on the values that the services would help everyone, healthcare was free and would be provided based on need rather than ability to pay.

Since 1948, the NHS has gone through many changes and improvements, updates and modernisation processes. On that first day, the service took control of 480,000 hospital beds, 125,000 nurses, 5,000 consultants, as well as scores of GPs, opticians, pharmacists, dentists and more.

Today, there are now 1.7million people employed by the health service across the UK, making it the fifth largest employer in the world. The number of nurses have trebled while the number of doctors employed has risen 10 fold.

Overall, the NHS has had a major impact on the nation’s health. On average, people now live 13 years longer than they did 80 years ago. Better access to healthcare has undoubtedly played a key role. Today, we could not imagine life without the NHS.