Wednesday, June 25, 2008

THE NHS AND ME BOTH 60 AND GOING STRONG.

The NHS, Labours greatest achievement is turning 60, massive congratulations are in order, something to be proud of. ‘From cradle to grave, treatment free at the point of delivery’ it’s a towering achievement and it is a constant source of pride.

My earliest memory of the NHS was taking a bus to the hospital wrapped in towels with my dad about 55 years ago, to the old Royal Alexandra on Neilston Road. I had run out of control through a hedge and fell and skidded face first along a black gravel path, arms face and legs were black with red seeping through everywhere, not a pretty sight.
They stitched me up and spent ages taking the gravel out of my face and legs etc. I remember vaguely asking him on the bus back “how much did that cost” and even at that age I detected great pride in his voice and manner when he said “ nothing, we own it” with great emphasis on the ‘we’
What a time that must have been for his generation having fought a war and returned to great austerity, to realize that working people could achieve something like that, as well as living in a huge 3 bed roomed council house with a back and front garden. We had come from a flat shared by two families in the town centre to Glenburn which to us was a wonderland.
He was a staunch Labour voter all his life as are all of his family now and no wonder, it saddens me that some people have forgotten what Labour created in those days.

All of my children were born in NHS hospitals and treated at one time or another in them as were me and my wife, we are for ever in the debt of the people who work in the health system, and those who created it, we must be vigilant and never let it be destroyed. There are those like me who revere it and regard as a socialist achievement to rival anything in the world and there are those who look at it and salivate at the thought of the money that they could make from it, they are mainly sitting across from Gordon Brown at question time.

Let’s remember what life was like for our parents and grand parents before 1948 and ensure that the Tories and others never take us back to those days.

10 comments:

yozza said...

The NHS saved my wife's life on two occasions. It is a national institution I will always defend against its detractors...

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(yozza) 16:30

You are speaking for millions - well said.

Ron Grainer said...

A marvellous achievement, the NHS. What government, other than a sociaist one would provide free healthcare to keep the peasantry in rude health in case of war?

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

27/06/08

I was aware that there are some who despise the NHS, mainly it’s because it’s free. It’s against there nature.

Macnasty said...

The NHS...this was a Tory idea, promoted by Winston, supported by the Liberals and opposed by Labour. (Bevin called it 'a social ambulance scheme')

Labour u-turned only in the face of public support for the scheme.

Daniel Dravot said...

Would this be the same NHS that Aneurin Bevin dismissed as a "social ambulance scheme"?

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Macnasty) 12:19

Winston was never a/ clever enough to come up with something like this and b/ never sober enough.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Daniel Dravot) 13:56

I’m not familiar with that quote but, I would be delighted to hear anyone take on Nye Bevan and his achievement the NHS.

Tim Vanhoof said...

Who needs the Tories to smash up the NHS when the Labour government is already hell bent on flogging bits of it off for private profit?

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Tim Vanhoof) 01/07/08

I’ve got my name down to buy a ward.