70 years of the NHS

As the NHS turns 70, we’d like to share some fascinating facts about the service that has helped to transform the health and wellbeing of the nation.

  • In 1948 the NHS had a budget of £437m. In 2017/18, around £110 billion will be spent on the day to day running of the NHS in England
  • The NHS treats more than 1.4 million patients every 24 hours
  • It is the UK’s largest employer, with more than 1.5 million staff from all over the world
  • In 1948 there were 16,864 GPs. Today there are 41,817 GPs across the NHS
  • In 1962 the first hip replacement was carried out. We now perform approximately 77,000 hip operations each year in the UK

The NHS in numbers video

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