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The NHS’s bizarre diversity A to Z

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When the National Health Service was formed in 1948, it had three goals: it would meet the needs of everyone, it would be free at the point of service, and its services would be based on clinical need, not ability to pay – a revolutionary, and ambitious, challenge.

Fast forward 73 years though and it appears that our NHS – not content with providing health to the nation – has adopted a rather different set of priorities.

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