Tree Planting Marks 70th Anniversary of the NHS

Published: Thursday 05 Jul 2018

The 70th anniversary of the NHS has been marked in Fife with a commemorative tree planting ceremony at the Victoria Hospital.

NHS Fife Chair Tricia Marwick and Chief Executive Paul Hawkins were joined by Christine Kyle, a staff midwife with over 44 years NHS service, and Jodie Moffat, a domestic assistant, who began her NHS career in April this year.

Chair of NHS Fife, Tricia Marwick, said: “The NHS has touched the lives of millions of people over the last seven decades and transformed healthcare.

“Previously untreatable conditions can now be treated and advances in screening, diagnosis, surgery and medicine mean that many diseases are managed more effectively or can be prevented.

“At the heart of all of this are our wonderful staff. Without the skill, dedication and vision of staff past and present the NHS would not be the remarkable institution it is today.

“We should all be rightfully proud of our NHS and the extraordinary staff who continue to go above and beyond.”

Paul Hawkins, Chief Executive of NHS Fife, said: “Few people can remember a time when the NHS was not there for them.

“Remarkable strides have been made in the delivery of healthcare over the years. As we look to the future we will build further on these successes.

“Staff have played a crucial role in the development and transformation of services and remain central as modern healthcare makes further advances and innovations.”

To mark the anniversary interactive exhibitions have been held in the Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes, and Mercat Centre, Kirkcaldy, showcasing the history of the NHS locally and nationally.

Displays are also taking place in Victoria Hospital and Queen Margaret Hospital, before moving to St Andrews Community Hospital later this month.

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