June 20, 2008

Service to Celebrate 60 Years

SIXTY years of the NHS will be celebrated in the East Riding and Hull with a special service at Beverley Minster.

East Riding of Yorkshire PCT is hosting the service on behalf of all local NHS and is inviting all staff from the Hull and East Yorkshire health community, past and present, volunteers, patients and anyone with an interest in their local health service to join in celebrating the anniversary.

Health Secretary and Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson, will be taking part in the service which will be conducted by the Bishop of Hull, the Rt Rev Richard Frith, on July 4 at 2 pm.

A procession of 60 uniformed staff will open the service, which will also feature contributions from local choirs, school children and a classically-trained soloist who works within East Riding of Yorkshire PCT.

In 1948, for the first time, prevention, diagnosis and treatment were brought together under one umbrella organisation to create one of the most comprehensive health services in the world. Retired South Cave GP Dr Michael Whiting will share his memories of health services pre-1948 and the early days of the NHS.

It has been a tumultuous few years for the NHS locally, with a long fought campaign against the loss of NHS beds at Hornsea Cottage Hospital and Alfred Bean Hospital in Driffield ending in failure last year.

Campaigners accused the trust of failing to heed the wishes of thousands of residents but the trust insists that the changes will bring benefits. The beds will not go until a new 30-bed hospital is built in Beverley and an outline planning application should be heard by East Riding Council's planning committee this Autumn. The PCT plans is to introduce eight multi-disciplinary neighbourhood health teams who will provide "rapid response", as well as visiting people at home and in nursing homes. For further information go to www.erypct.nhs.uk or call 01377 208826.

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