Unite, the union representing health professionals in Wales, will mark the 65th birthday of the NHS this Friday (5 July) at the feet of its founder. Union members and supporters will gather in celebration next to the Aneurin Bevan statue in the heart of Cardiff, 65 years to the day when the NHS became into being.
Unite members will be joined by the minister for health and social care who will be presented with a specially made cake to mark the occasion.
Unite Wales secretary Andy Richards said:
“Unite represents members working across the NHS in Wales – those people that without their commitment and hard work we would not have our NHS.
"We take great pride that the NHS was made in Wales - it was the vision and determination of a Welshman that ensured 65 years ago this Friday the NHS passed into law.
"We recognise that there has been and continues to be challenges facing our NHS, but it has reached 65 and is nowhere ready for retirement - we will work to ensure our NHS not only survives but also thrives.
"Let us be clear that this Friday 5 July is a day to celebrate our NHS – a national health service which has made such a massive difference to so many lives.”
DATE/TIME: Friday 5 July, 15:00-15:30
PLACE: Aneurin (Nye) Bevan statue, Queen Street, Cardiff
For further information contact Unite Wales co-ordinator Hannah Blythyn on 07980 237694.
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.