Happy birthday to the NHS

PARTY TINE Members of the trade union Unison Claire Ponds, left, Keith Stainton, James Smith, Sally Sines and Lynn Doney at St James' Hospital, Milton
PARTY TINE Members of the trade union Unison Claire Ponds, left, Keith Stainton, James Smith, Sally Sines and Lynn Doney at St James' Hospital, Milton

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STAFF and union members from across the health service celebrated the 63rd birthday of the NHS yesterday.

At Queen Alexandra Hospital, staff baked a birthday cake which was given to children on the paediatric ward.

CELEBRATE Head of nursing children's at QA Lesley Coles, left with seven-year-old Jenna Sadler, with Tiny Coley and Annabel Stevens from Unison

CELEBRATE Head of nursing children's at QA Lesley Coles, left with seven-year-old Jenna Sadler, with Tiny Coley and Annabel Stevens from Unison

Tiny Coley, who works in the workforce development department and is a member of the Unison union, said: ‘Today was all about celebrating working in the NHS. We all care about what we do and we’re proud to be a part of it.’

Meanwhile at St James Hospital in Milton, Portsmouth, Unison members held an event with a different message.

They carved a birthday cake to signify the NHS being ‘carved up’ by the government’s planned reforms – which include allowing private companies to compete to provide care.