Nation applauds dedication and hard work of NHS on 72nd birthday

A round of applause rang out across the nation to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS.

Sunday, 5th July 2020, 6:54 pm
Updated Sunday, 5th July 2020, 6:55 pm

It was 5pm on Sunday, July 5 when – up and down the country – people took a moment to clap for our health service on its milestone birthday.

The NHS began serving the nation on July 5, 1948.

For the first 10 weeks of coronavirus lockdown, millions of people showed their gratitude by applauding the NHS every Thursday at 8pm.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson, claps outside 10 Downing Street with founder of the Clap For Our Carers organisation, Annemarie Plas, to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS. Picture: Getty.

The practice was revived for Sunday’s anniversary – and could now become an annual event on July 5.

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More than 100,000 people have been treated for Covid-19 nationally, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson – who applauded outside Downing Street with Clap for Carers founder Annemarie Plas on Sunday – with many more being cared for at home.

Eight NHS Nightingale hospitals, including one next to Nissan in Sunderland, were built within weeks.

A thank you to the NHS on its 72nd birthday ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Queens Park Rangers at Riverside Stadium. Picture: Getty.

All of them remain on standby, and the Government's latest figures show that 44,220 people have died from coronavirus in the UK.

Tributes were paid to the NHS from all corners of the nation on Sunday.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: “Fantastic to come together on the NHS’s 72nd birthday to once again clap for all our carers. Thank you all for everything you do.”

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, added in tribute: “It’s been the most challenging year in the history of the NHS and staff from across the health service have pulled out the stops like never before to deliver extraordinary care.”

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