Birthday celebrations for the National Health Service (NHS) continued in Wrexham over the weekend.
The Wrexham Labour Party hosted a street stall event in the town centre on Saturday (July 7), where they were joined by Ian Lucas MP, Lesley Griffiths AM, Vaughan Gething AM, the Welsh Government’s cabinet secretary for health, and NHS staff.
The event – which saw members of the public sign a giant birthday card for the NHS, which turned 70 last week – followed on from a special party at Wrexham Maelor Hospital last Thursday (July 5).
NHS workers were also presented with a birthday cake on the day.
Mr Lucas, MP for Wrexham, was proud to attend the street stall and help mark the NHS’ major milestone.
He said: “Saturday’s event was an opportunity for us all to show our appreciation and respect for our beloved NHS.
“I was proud to join the people of Wrexham and my Labour Party colleagues in paying tribute to NHS workers, past and present, thanking them for their hard work and dedication. These are people who dedicate their lives to saving others’ – and we should always remember that.
“The NHS is an extraordinary, much-loved institution – and it was only right that its birthday was celebrated over the course of several days in Wrexham.
“I’d like to thank Vaughan Gething for agreeing to join us on the street stall for what was a really wonderful day.”
Wrexham AM Mrs Griffiths, who served as Minister for Health & Social Services from May 2011 until March 2013, added: “The 70th anniversary celebrations have offered the chance to not only pay tribute to one of the nation’s most-cherished institutions, but to thank the exceptional staff, past and present, who are there to advise, treat and care for us every single day.
“In Wrexham on Saturday, it was clear just how special the NHS is to so many people and I would like to thank Vaughan Gething AM for joining in with the local celebrations.”
The creation of the NHS has been described by the Labour Party as its ‘proudest achievement’.
It was launched by health secretary Aneurin Bevan on July 5, 1948 and provided universal healthcare to all, free at the point of use.