2020 has been designated by the World Health Organisation as the first ever International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it is also Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial year.

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NHSScotland has been providing high-quality health and care, meeting many challenges since its creation on 5 July 1948. How the NHS came into being in Scotland is a story that isn't widely known.

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This interactive timeline has been created to showcase some of the fantastic accomplishments, milestones, innovations and breakthroughs that have been made in the NHS in Scotland over the last 70 years.

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