GP calls for bank holiday to mark NHS anniversary

The prime minister should declare a new bank holiday to mark the 60th birthday of the NHS on 5 July, according to a GP and MP.

Backed by think tank the Fabian Society, Dr Howard Stoate, Labour MP for Dartford, said: ‘The creation of an NHS free at the point of use, based on clinical need, not ability to pay is one of our defining achievements as a nation.

‘Few other institutions have done as much to tackle inequality and disadvantage and I think that it is right to set aside a day on which to remind ourselves of this achievement and to celebrate the efforts of those that work within it.'

The bank holiday could be called NHS Day. In 2006 Gordon Brown told the think tank that he backed giving the country a new public holiday.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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