- Title: Britain gives health service round of applause in birthday tribute
- Date: 5th July 2020
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 5, 2020) (REUTERS) SIGN ABOVE CHELSEA AND WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL ENTRANCE / NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE STAFF CLAPPING VARIOUS OF NHS STAFF CLAPPING, WEARING FACE MASKS AND KEEPING SOCIAL DISTANCING PEOPLE CLAPPING IN STREET / SIGN READING (English): ''HAPPY BIRTHDAY NHS'' VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CLAPPING ON STREET
- Embargoed: 19th July 2020 17:33
- Keywords: 72nd birthday Britain NHS National Health Service UK clap
- Location: LONDON AND BROMLEY, ENGLAND AND EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON AND BROMLEY, ENGLAND AND EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA002CLJ8JLZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Britons stepped out to clap in tribute to the country's state-run National Health Service on its 72nd birthday on Sunday (July 5), expressing pride in how it has coped with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon both joined the applause.
The nationwide "Clap for Carers" at 5 p.m. (1600 GMT), is a reprise of what had been a weekly tribute to doctors, nurses, and other frontline workers during the height of lockdown.
The NHS was founded on July 5, 1948 by Aneurin Bevan, who was health minister in the Labour government at the time. He said the taxpayer-funded service should be free at the point of delivery, with treatment based on clinical needs and not a person's ability to pay.
(Production: Yann Tessier, Michael Fiorentino, Aiden Nulty)
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