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NHS: Anniversary

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to mark the 60th anniversary of the NHS (a) nationally and (b) locally; and how much this will cost (i) his Department and (ii) local trusts. (202843)

The Department plans to mark the 60th anniversary of the NHS in a number of ways. At a national level, activities include a service of celebration at Westminster Abbey, a history of the NHS publication, and focusing annual events including NHS Live and Health and Social Care awards around the 60th anniversary. Locally, NHS organisations are encouraged to celebrate in the most appropriate way for their staff, patients and local communities.

The Department has a budget of £300,000 for national activities and to support local NHS plans. As decisions for celebrating NHS 60 celebrations at a local level are not determined by the Departments we are unable to provide costs for local celebrations.