Key Messages 

  • 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS, which was founded on 5 July, 1948. It’s the perfect opportunity to thank our extraordinary NHS staff and our partners, to recognise how far we’ve come with advances in care, treatment, science and technology, and to look forward to the future shape of health and social care.

  • The significant advances we’ve seen will be the backdrop for thinking about the advances we need to make to deliver our vision for care delivered close to home or in a homely setting.

  • The NHS in Scotland has its own strong and distinctively Scottish roots - well before 1948 - through the Highlands and Islands Medical Service, and the early challenges it faced.  You can read about the birth of the NHS in Scotland on our website

  • The NHS has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, meaning we can all expect to live longer, healthier lives.

  • The NHS has all but eradicated diseases, such as polio and diphtheria, and pioneered new treatments like the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant.

  • Scotland itself has a long and proud history of delivering medical advances, such as the establishment of Ultrasound, the UK's first successful kidney transplant and advances in the use of keyhole surgery.

  • We rely on the skill, dedication and compassion of NHS staff, as well as our many partners in care and our volunteers to deliver our service.

  • We want to reaffirm our commitment to the founding principles of healthcare provided free at the point of need, a commitment that is as strong today as it was in 1948.

  • Our NHS is the envy of the world and NHSScotland is seen as a world leader in healthcare quality.  Scotland’s approach to health and social care integration will continue to ensure we have services fit for the future and we will continue to build on our successes as we meet our changing needs.