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1948: In the beginning

2018 sees the 70th birthday of the NHS in Scotland, with a number of significant milestones and records marking the occasion. Since its creation on 5 July 1948, the NHS in Scotland has seen a number of important developments, including:

  • in its first year, 15 million prescriptions were dispensed in Scotland - today, the figure is more than 103 million, with these now being provided free as a result of landmark reforms under this government
  • in 1948, 1.2 million people were seen as outpatients – in 2016/17, there were about 4.25 million outpatient attendances
  • in 1948, NHSScotland employed 22,062 nurses and midwives – today, this has risen to a new record high of more than 59,000
  • in 1959, Scotland became a world leader in health education, with the UK’s first nursing and midwifery studies unit set up at Edinburgh University. This year saw the highest-ever number of acceptances to study nursing and midwifery at Scottish universities.

 Below are a few pictures from 1940s, 50s, 60s & 70s. If you have any pictures you wish to add to the album send to:-

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If you cannot access the album above please click on this link.