On Saturday Macclesfield celebrated the 70th birthday of the National Health Service in style.
In glorious sunshine hundreds of Maxonians queued-up to sign a ‘birthday card’ to the NHS at a Macclesfield Labour Party street stall on Mill Street. Created by Aneurin Bevan, the NHS is seen by the nation as Labour’s greatest achievement for Britain.
Many people also shared very personal stories of how the NHS had touched their lives and those of their families and friends.
Neil Puttick, the Labour Candidate for Macclesfield said; “There are so many kind words for our NHS, important stories, life-changing stories – we’re going to have to get a bigger card! We want to see a successful health service, owned by all of us, free on the point of entry for at another 70 years. We will be presenting the card with these good wishes to the hard-working and valued health professionals and staff across our NHS.”
Nick Mannion, a local Labour Councillor said; ‘ Nearly thirty years ago only rapid action by the NHS saved my life. Without the nurses, doctors and support staff of the NHS I would not be here today. The least I can do is fight to protect OUR NHS for future generations.’