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Signatures being collected in Lichfield for birthday card to the NHS

A special birthday card is being produced to in Lichfield to say thank you to the National Health Service.

As part of the 70th birthday celebrations for the NHS, members of the Lichfield Labour party are collecting signatures for the card, as well as personal stories of how people have been helped by the service over the years.

It will then be handed over at Samuel Johnson Community Hospital this week, together with a specially-baked cake.

Organiser Lindsey Baker said: “The NHS is Labour’s proudest achievement and we want to mark the 70th anniversary by paying our small tribute to the dedicated staff who do so much for local people, even in the toughest of times.

“We know the NHS resources are tighter than ever but we all owe such a debt of gratitude to the people who keep it going and this is our small way of saying thank you to each and every one of them.”

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  1. Rob

    4th July, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Here’s some:
    Lucy Letby
    Josephine Iyamu
    Rimone Edwards-Armstrong
    Ian Paterson
    Paula Vasco-Knight

  2. Laurence Skermer

    4th July, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Nice try Rob, except of course it wasn’t the institution that caused these scandals. Ian Patterson, in particular conducted most of his abuse in the private sector – it was a NHS hospital that started the investigation. Your trolling used to have more thought behind it.

  3. John Griffin

    4th July, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Troll jumps the shark

  4. Asellus aquaticus

    4th July, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Rob, what on earth are you trying to prove? About 1.5 million people work for the NHS. And you manage to list 5 people of ill repute.


  5. AgitatorofPeople

    5th July, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Am I the only one that is finding this whole “NHS at 70” thing a bit weird? they are not charity workers, TV programmes about NHS Heroes etc what about those people the system has failed on? it is a government funded service, which hasnt been funded properly. much like the over propaganda’d Armed Forces I served 15 years with, the awards and heroes programmes about the select few, while the rest of the forces go about their daily jobs professionally with charities raising money to help the injured troops, something the government should be funding.
    The people in the NHS, the emergency services and the armed forces all do great jobs under at times exceptionally adverse conditions. We pay taxes to the government to ensure this is done properly but the current trend is austerity and cuts, all this just seems to be a ruse to soften us up to paying more tax “to save the NHS”.

  6. Laurence Skermer

    5th July, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Well, Agitator, there is some truth in what you say. I work clinically within the NHS and enjoy what I do. I do not think I am especially heroic or that someone else couldn’t do my job just as well. I am privileged to work with a great many dedicated people, who do go above and beyond what one might expect. The NHS should be celebrated for what it has achieved, but it should not be preserved in aspic for all time. The principle of free at point of delivery is worth preserving, but it would be foolish to ignore other models in case care can be delivered better and more equitably. I find it frustrating that any criticism of the NHS is immediately shouted down in some quarters – we must realise that it is not perfect and genuine attempts to seek imporiovement should be looked at rather than dismissed out of hand. Rob’s clumsy attempts at disparagement are the other side of this coin. Let’s be open and realistic about what can be achieved, with an open mind to how improvement can be brought in.