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‘It wasn't created for private profiteers’ - Campaigners call for return of NHS to public hands on 74th birthday of service

THE NHS must return to being a “fully public service that works for people, not profit,” campaigners demanded today on the 74th birthday of the health service.

In a tweet, We Own It stressed that the NHS, which treated its first patient on July 5 1948, was “not created to be another source of quick profits for private profiteers.”

Creeping privatisation of the health service has accelerated since the Health and Social Care Act 2012, introduced by the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government, activists and Labour’s left have repeatedly warned.

On Monday, We Own It handed the Department of Health a giant NHS birthday card “covered in messages supporting NHS workers and opposing privatisation,” the group said on Twitter.

The card highlighted the need to “kick out private companies, cut out private profit and rebuild our NHS so it’s fit for another 74 years,” according to Keep Our NHS Public, which helped organise the gesture.

One signatory wrote: “It belongs to us all, not private companies,” while another added: “Thank you for saving my life! #cancersurvivor.”

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