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This interactive timeline brings 70 years of reform to the National Health Service to life, charting the evolution of this public institution from its inception in the post-war years through to the present day.

Using the timeline: hover over the arrows on the right/left-hand side of the screen to scroll through the decades, or click on a year above to jump to that decade. Click on the magnifying glass to read more about a particular event.

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With thanks to Geoffrey Rivett, contemporary health historian and author of the NHS history website for his help in editing and reviewing the timeline content.

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