Friday, July 11: Birthday NHS

PUBLISHED: 16:19 11 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:16 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton Hospital held a birthday bash to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the National Health Service. Retired members of staff, members of the League of Friends group, volunteers and hospital patients headed for the garden and tucked into cr

BUDLEIGH Salterton Hospital held a birthday bash to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the National Health Service. Retired members of staff, members of the League of Friends group, volunteers and hospital patients headed for the garden and tucked into cream teas while they wished the NHS many more years of 'good health'.Budleigh Salterton Hospital was one of many institutions nationwide who organised events to mark the 60th anniversary of NHS healthcare.Senior nurse Michele Pryse said the event gave hospital staff the opportunity to thank all those who had supported the work of the NHS over the last 60 years.Michele, who has worked for the NHS for 24 years, said: "The uniform for nurses and the NHS hierarchy has changed. Nurses are much more highly qualified than they used to be. I enjoy the job. You get good rewards from the patients." In London a service was held at Westminster Abbey where Prime Minister Gordon Brown paid tribute to the NHS, describing it as the "noblest manifestation of the character of our country".

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