"Choose your doctor now!" Britons were told. It was a slogan that caught the imagination. In the days preceding the launch, Birmingham health service staff ended up working overtime to process 220,000 applications.
After 70 years that public affection has not diminished. Thousands of commemorative tea parties were held to raise money for NHS charities in its commemorative year.
Tea has long been associated with the NHS. Inpatients entering newly-established NHS hospitals back in 1948 would have had it served in fine cups, accompanied by saucers and side spoons.
It was deemed such an important aspect of patient satisfaction that one hospital is rumoured to have even hired an official tea taster.
Ian Lush, CEO of NHS charity, Imperial Health said: “Tea is so synonymous with the NHS we couldn’t think of a better way for the nation to toast our wonderful health service and its staff, whilst raising funds for NHS charities.
“Whether it’s traditional builders or a fruity rooibos, we want everyone to dust off the old china, rally friends, family, and work colleagues and come together to raise a cuppa and mark this special occasion – 70 deserves celebrating. We’re thrilled to bring our great national past-time and great National Health Service together to raise vital funds to maintain the work of NHS charities around the UK.”
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