Sixty years of the NHS


On 5 July the NHS will be 60 years old. To mark this occasion – and the great achievements of the NHS over the last 60 years – Richard recently joined the Prime Minister and local volunteers at No 10. Read more below.

Writing in his monthly Westminster Diary column Richard celebrates 60 years of the NHS and looks at its priorities as it moves towards its second 60 years. Read his article below.

We all have a role to play in helping the NHS to continue to achieve as it moves towards its second sixty years. Richard is keen to hear your views and is currently carrying out a local NHS survey. Read more below.

NHS Volunteers Reception

In June Richard joined the Prime Minister to celebrate 60 years of the NHS and Volunteers Week at an NHS Volunteers Reception held at 10 Downing Street.

Richard invited two local volunteers, Peter and Mary Dixon, to join him at the event. Mr and Mrs Dixon both volunteer at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) in Northfield.

They are members of a volunteers group based at the hospital called the ROH League of Friends. There are 200 League of Friends’ volunteers at the ROH who provide valuable support to both patients and staff at the hospital.

After the event, Richard said:

‘The NHS is one of the countries greatest achievements. And volunteers like Peter and Mary – and all the other volunteers in the NHS – add so much to this. There are many people here in Birmingham who put so much of their time into making our hospitals and local health services better. It was great to have the opportunity to invite two of them to No 10 to say thank you for all the valuable work they do.’


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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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