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NHS70 – Seven Facts For Seven Decades

NHS70In celebration of the NHS’s 70th birthday this week, NHS Digital reveals seven statistics for seven decades.

The figures demonstrate how the NHS has evolved since it sprang into being on July 5, 1948, and the changing health and lifestyles of the population.

1959 – there were a total of 89,659 hospital-based nurses, midwives and health visitors in England and Wales. In 2017, there were 343,529 nurses, midwives and health visitors working in NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups in England5.

1968 – 37 per cent of the population of England and Wales were edentate (had no natural teeth) compared to 6 per cent in 20096.

1979 – 23,062 GPs were working in England of which 19,197 were male and 3,865 were female. In 2017 there were 39,843 GPs working in England, of which 21,055 were female7.

1989 – in 1989-90 there were 155 hospital admissions for a liver transplant, in 2016-17 this had risen to 6628.

1999 – In 1999, 44 per cent of 11-15 year-olds had smoked at least once. In 2016, this had dropped to 19 per cent9.

2008 – there were 35,960,539 antidepressant prescription items dispensed in the community in England. In 2017 this had risen to 67,530,375 items10.

2016-17 – there were 617,000 admissions in NHS hospitals where obesity was a factor11. This was an increase of 18 per cent on 2015-16.

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