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.
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.