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National Health Service

Publicly-funded healthcare systems in the United Kingdom

The National Health Service (NHS) is the umbrella term for the publicly-funded healthcare systems of the United Kingdom. Since 1948 it has been funded out of general taxation. It is made up of the four separate systems of the four countries of the UK: The National Health Service in England, NHS Scotland, NHS Wales, and Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. They were established together in 1948 as one of the major social reforms following the Second World War. The founding principles were that services should be comprehensive, universal and free at the point of delivery. Each service provides a comprehensive range of health services, free at the point of use for people ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, apart from dental treatment and optical care. In England, NHS patients have to pay prescription charges with a range of exemptions from these charges.

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Andy Murray will play in a tournament organised by brother Jamie in June that will raise money for the NHS.
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Migrants who may have entered the UK illegally worry seeking a Covid-19 test may lead to deportation.
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'As nurses, we are quite angry at the time that has been wasted,' says one contact tracer
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Data shows UK more reliant on workers from overseas than ever – as experts warn of 'almost unimaginable' staff shortages without migrants
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The 29-year-old discovered she was having triplets just as the coronavirus outbreak reached the UK.
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'Haven't seen my parents since January,' Dr Dominic Pimenta says
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'It felt very personal because those are the people I work alongside,' he says
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Hospital chiefs call for an end to 'blame game'
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Exclusive: With one task requested for every three people accepted on to the NHS Volunteer Scheme, hundreds of thousands are still waiting for an opportunity to..
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Campaigners brand it 'unacceptable' that while frontline NHS workers have been exempt from paying visa fees, lower paid health staff working to tackle virus are..
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Kitchens open up to cook meals for NHS staff
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'Britain is great – because of you,' he said after the government reversed its stance
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Charge was branded 'immoral and monstrous' by a former Conservative chairman
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Antibody tests for coronavirus will be provided on the NHS under a deal signed by the government, Downing Street has said.
Credit: Independent - Published 1 week ago

The Hebridean pilot used a routine maintenance flight from Leeds to give his tribute to the NHS.
Credit: BBC News - Published 1 week ago

Former Conservative chair Chris Patten says it would be 'madness and wickedness' to levy the fee on those fighting Covid-19 in NHS
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The tests detect whether a person has had coronavirus and since recovered
Credit: Independent - Published 1 week ago

'We are 10 weeks into the pandemic and still we await a clear and supported test, track and trace strategy,' says NHS Providers
Credit: Independent - Published 1 week ago

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