Harry Leslie Smith on the importance of the NHS
War veteran and campaigner Harry Leslie Smith on the importance of the NHS. Follow the show on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/howardhour Follow Russell on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/russellhoward Become a fan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OfficialRuss… SUBSCRIBE NOW. Watch new episodes every Thursday at 10pm on Sky1
The National Health Service (NHS) is the public health services of England, Scotland and Wales, and is commonly used to refer to those of Northern Ireland. They were established together by the Labour Party as one of the major social reforms following the Second World War. The founding principles were being comprehensive, universal and free at the point of delivery. Today, each provides a comprehensive range of health services, the vast majority of which are free for people ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. Charges are made for prescriptions (in England), dental treatment and optical care, but there is a range of exemptions from these charges.
Taken together, the four National Health Services in 2015–16 employed around 1.6 million people with a combined budget of £136.7 billion. UK residents are not charged for medical treatment.