NHS at 70

Today, to mark the start of the NHS’s 70th birthday week the Health and Social Care Secretary has announced over £200 million of investment in NHS health research to develop innovative treatments and transform the lives of million, as part of our long-term plan for the NHS.

Celebration Video - click HERE

·The £215 million package of funding for research could transform the lives of millions of people who are living with a range of conditions, including life-long illnesses, mental health issues and obesity.

·Leading academics and technology experts will be able to apply for research funding to develop health solutions for the future, helping give patients greater independence and choice about how they manage their healthcare.

·£150 million will fund research over the next five years to tackle key emerging issues, including the pressures of an ageing population and the increasing demands on the NHS. The remaining £65 million will go towards 13 National Institute for Health Research units.

As the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday, more people than ever before are living longer lives thanks to the dedication of hardworking staff. It is therefore vital we harness technology to develop the next generation of innovative treatments as part of our long-term plan for the NHS.

NHS at 70

An NHS app has been developed to allow patients to book GP appointments and check symptoms on their smartphone, improving access to healthcare for everyone.

·We are moving towards a future where patients across the country will be able to secure a GP appointment with the click of a button, rather than having to join a queue of callers attempting to ring the local surgery.

·As well as safe and secure access to their GP record, a raft of routine requests, including GP appointments, repeat prescriptions and long-term conditions management will be available to people across England through the new NHS app.

·Everyone in England will be able to download the app from December 2018 following beta testing which will begin in September 2018.

Improving technology is one of the key priorities of the long-term plan being developed by the NHS as we ensure that, in its 70th year, the health service is fit for the future and adapting to changing demands.



We have announced £2.4 billion of taxpayers’ money will be saved and reinvested into NHS frontline services over the next five years, as we replace a costly and outdated model for purchasing goods and services for the NHS.

NHS at 70

 The NHS turns 70 today – so let’s celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions.

 Thousands of NHS staff are delivering world class healthcare to patients across the country, and today is the perfect opportunity to recognise their hard work and dedication.