Samuel Flowers


At its best, I’d like to say the NHS is caring, committed, comprehensive, efficient, accountable and sustainable. An NHS ‘ethos’ must surely be based upon such values.

The NHS has, and will continue to have an impact on my family and myself. Many relatives, with births ranging from 1911 onwards, of varied circumstances and from very different backgrounds, have expressed throughout my lifetime sincere gratitude for the existence of the NHS. Grandparents, uncles and aunts have spoken of the real fears, limitations of available treatment and healthcare prior to 1948.

We should be so grateful for the NHS, and not take it for granted or abuse it; it should be protected by people and government.

A huge determining factor in what the future holds for SCFT, would be the government. Once in power, one political party can rapidly overturn the decisions and actions of its predecessors. I believe the NHS desperately needs the security and stability of long-term planning, involving a multi-party board of officials committed to the common good.

My NHS hero would be the founder of the NHS Aneurin Bevan. However, I’d like to think of all the NHS staff whose work goes relatively unacknowledged as being ‘NHS heroes’.

Although celebrating the NHS turning 70 is important, it’s crucial that along with celebrating as a nation, we take a serious look at the condition of the NHS today and take full stock of it at this critical time.