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Calling NHS pioneers to celebrate 60th anniversary

The Welsh Assembly Government is inviting people who worked for the NHS when it began 60 years ago to attend a celebration at the Senedd.

First Minister Rhodri Morgan and Health Minister Edwina Hart will be hosting a lunchtime reception on Thursday 3 July to mark the inception of the NHS.

Saturday 5 July is the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

The First Minister said:

We are putting out a call for all those who were members of NHS staff at the inception of the service in July 1948 to attend a reception in the Senedd on 3 July, so that we can celebrate with them the foundation of the NHS.

It is a British institution that is the pride of Wales and of Britain and the envy of the world.

Edwina Hart added:

The event aims to celebrate the NHS pioneers and provides an opportunity to reflect on and pay tribute to the achievements of the service.

With Wales’s strong historic links to the birth of the NHS, we are very proud to host what we hope will be a very special reception.

I would encourage anyone who worked for the NHS in 1947/8, or if you know someone who did, to get in touch. We would like to make sure you get your invitation to the event on 3 July.

Notes to editors:

  • To take part in the reception, please contact Marina Edwards, Welsh Assembly Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ or 029 2082 3756 (telephone); 029 2082 3403 (fax); or marina.edwards@wales.gsi.gov.uk
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