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.
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.
View the interactive timeline now.