Staff at Royal Surrey County Hospital and Farnham Road Hospital were delighted to receive 70th Birthday cards from the people of Guildford on Saturday afternoon.

Guildford Labour Party collected signatures in Guildford High Street on a very warm Saturday morning, inviting all commers to give their support to the National Health Service, which is 70 years old this week. The NHS was created by the reforming Labour Government in 1948, in the teeth of opposition from the established order, and has since become the corner stone of our Welfare State.

It was born out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth – a principle that remains at its core. Speaking to shoppers on Saturday it was clear that the NHS in general, and our local hospitals and GP practices in particular, are still very much loved and valued. We heard from people who had been treated in the first months of the NHS and to those with young families who understand its importance.

Staff at the two hospitals visited were really touched at this recognition of their work and would like to thank all those who signed their card.

Further cards will be delivered in the next few days to local GPs and Cranleigh Village Hospital.

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