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National Health Service: Publicly-funded healthcare systems in the United Kingdom
The National Health Service (NHS) is the umbrella term for the publicly-funded healthcare systems of the United Kingdom (UK). Since 1948 they have been funded out of general taxation. There are four systems, one for each of the four countries of the UK: The NHS in England, NHS Scotland, NHS Wales and Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. They were established together in 1948 as one of the major social reforms following the Second World War. The founding principles were that services should be comprehensive, universal and free at the point of delivery—a health service based on clinical need, not ability to pay. Each service provides a comprehensive range of health services, free at the point of use for people ordinarily resident in the UK, apart from dental treatment and optical care. In England, NHS patients have to pay prescription charges; some, particularly those receiving state benefits, are exempt.

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Captain Sir Tom Moore jokes as he launches his autobiography [Video]

Captain Sir Tom Moore jokes as he launches his autobiography

Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised almost £33 million for the NHS by walkinglaps of his garden in Bedfordshire, has written a book about his life calledTomorrow Will Be A Good Day.

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Spitfire takes to the skies with thank-you message for NHS [Video]

Spitfire takes to the skies with thank-you message for NHS

A Spitfire has taken to the skies bearing a special message thanking the NHSfor its efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. Emblazoned with the wordsTHANK U NHS, the aircraft took off from Cumbernauld..

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A&E patients will require appointments through winter [Video]

A&E patients will require appointments through winter

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced plans to protect the NHS through the winter period and Covid-19 pandemic, including requirements for A&E patients to book an appointment first through NHS..

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Labour: Privatised Covid-19 testing shortfall was avoidable [Video]

Labour: Privatised Covid-19 testing shortfall was avoidable

Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green says the decision to privatise the Covid-19 testing and contact tracing infrastructure has been a 'mistake', as it does not maximise pre-existing resources like..

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Justice Secretary addresses Covid-19 testing delays [Video]

Justice Secretary addresses Covid-19 testing delays

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the Government was facing “realchallenges” on coronavirus testing and suggested that school children andtheir parents would be the next testing priority after..

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Sturgeon raises concerns with Matt Hancock over Covid-19 testing backlog [Video]

Sturgeon raises concerns with Matt Hancock over Covid-19 testing backlog

Nicola Sturgeon has held what she described as “constructive” talks with UKHealth Secretary Matt Hancock about how to resolve a delay in coronavirustesting results. Problems are centred on the UK..

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Covid-19 tests re-prioritised by Health Secretary [Video]

Covid-19 tests re-prioritised by Health Secretary

Suspected Covid-19 patients with acute medical needs and people in care homeswill be prioritised under plans to ration coronavirus tests, Health SecretaryMatt Hancock told MPs. NHS leaders have called..

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Coronavirus testing crisis hits hospitals and schools [Video]

Coronavirus testing crisis hits hospitals and schools

NHS hospitals are cancelling operations and turning away patients whilst more than 30 schools across the country have closed, or told at least one year group to go home amid a deepening crisis over..

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NHS workers take to the streets demanding better wages [Video]

NHS workers take to the streets demanding better wages

Frontline NHS workers, many of whom have been helping to fight the coronaviruspandemic, have protested to demand better wages. The protest comes afternurses were excluded from the wage increase for..

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How does the new NHS contact tracing app work? [Video]

How does the new NHS contact tracing app work?

Businesses across England and Wales are being encouraged to download NHS Testand Trace QR codes to prepare for the launch of an official contact tracingapp. The app, which is currently being trialled..

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Former nurse completes 102nd charity walk on 102nd birthday [Video]

Former nurse completes 102nd charity walk on 102nd birthday

A 102-year-old retired nurse has completed her 102nd charity walk on herbirthday. During lockdown, Joan Rich set a goal of walking 102 laps of herlocal park before her 102nd birthday on September 11...

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NHS tracing app to launch in England and Wales later this month [Video]

NHS tracing app to launch in England and Wales later this month

The NHS Covid-19 app is to be launched across England and Wales within twoweeks, with pubs, restaurants and other businesses urged to have codes readyfor customers to check in when they visit.

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Duke of Cambridge joins online thanksgiving service to honour 999 heroes [Video]

Duke of Cambridge joins online thanksgiving service to honour 999 heroes

The Duke of Cambridge delivers a video message as part of a special onlineprogramme to honour the NHS and emergency services. The 999 Festival is anannual event which takes place on the nearest Friday..

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NHS worker releases song about racially aggravated attack [Video]

NHS worker releases song about racially aggravated attack

An NHS worker who was seriously injured in a racially aggravated incident hasrecorded a piece of music detailing his ordeal. The victim, known by his stagename Kdogg, was struck by a car and suffered..

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Hancock hopes to clear Covid cancer backlog 'within months' [Video]

Hancock hopes to clear Covid cancer backlog 'within months'

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said he "hoped" the backlog in cancer care, caused by the coronavirus pandemic, will be cleared "within months". He insisted the NHS is now dealing with the waiting..

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NHS workers hit out at ‘hypocrite’ Johnson during pay rise rally [Video]

NHS workers hit out at ‘hypocrite’ Johnson during pay rise rally

Boris Johnson has been branded a “joke” and a “hypocrite” by NHS workersdemanding an immediate pay rise. NHS staff, who have hinted at strike action,made their way to Whitehall on Wednesday..

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Dogs being trained to detect Covid-19 [Video]

Dogs being trained to detect Covid-19

NHS staff are participating in a trial which aims to see whether dogs cansniff out Covid-19. Testing has begun to see whether medical detection dogscan be trained to smell the disease. Scientists are..

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Government gives extra funding for Covid-19 recovery [Video]

Government gives extra funding for Covid-19 recovery

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the government is giving extra funding to the NHS to support the recovery of people who have contracted Covid-19 and require significant long-term rehabilitation...

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NHS workers demand pay rise after coronavirus leaves staff ‘on their knees’ [Video]

NHS workers demand pay rise after coronavirus leaves staff ‘on their knees’

Thousands of NHS workers have taken to the streets across the UK to demandbetter wages for staff left “on their knees” by the coronavirus pandemic. InLondon, health workers who have missed out on a..

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Starmer calls for inquiry into botched NHS face masks contract [Video]

Starmer calls for inquiry into botched NHS face masks contract

Fifty million face masks bought by the Government as part of a £252 millioncontract will not be used in the NHS due to safety concerns. The masks,ordered from Ayanda Capital, have ear loops rather..

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Protesters march for NHS worker injured in racially aggravated hit-and-run [Video]

Protesters march for NHS worker injured in racially aggravated hit-and-run

Protesters have marched down the road where a young NHS worker was seriouslyinjured in a racially aggravated hit-and-run.

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NHS worker speaks out after 'racially motivated' attack [Video]

NHS worker speaks out after 'racially motivated' attack

K-Dogg, an NHS worker in Bristol, has spoken out after hit-and-run left him scarred for life and frightened for his safety last week. Police say the incident was 'racially motivated' and are still..

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NHS worker relives racially aggravated hit-and-run [Video]

NHS worker relives racially aggravated hit-and-run

An NHS worker has been left scarred for life and frightened for his safetyafter being seriously injured in a racially aggravated hit-and-run. The 21-year-old was walking to the bus stop after finishing..

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NHS launches ‘Let’s Get Back’ campaign to encourage testing through NHS Test and Trace [Video]

NHS launches ‘Let’s Get Back’ campaign to encourage testing through NHS Test and Trace

The NHS has launched a new advertising campaign to encourage members of thepublic to get a test should they experience coronavirus symptoms. The videofocuses on how testing for Covid-19 can help life..

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Hancock: NHS consultations should move online and to mobile phones [Video]

Hancock: NHS consultations should move online and to mobile phones

All NHS consultations should be carried out by phone or video unless there isa good reason not to, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said. In a speech tothe Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Mr..

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