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Read about the National Health Service in England, its achievements since the launch in 1948 and the plans for future developments.

All about the NHS

Read about the NHS as an organisation, learn about its values and find how you can get involved on a local basis.

Health regulators

Read about the watchdog's that regulate the NHS and all third parties providing health and social care in England such as the:

Your records

Find out what your personal information is used for and how it is stored

NHS history

The NHS was founded in 1948. Find out what has changed since Aneurin Bevan's first vision of a national health service.

Equality and diversity

Find out what the Equality Act 2010 means for you.

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Reforms to the NHS

Major reforms to the NHS have been proposed by the new government.

The White Paper 'Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS', published in July 2010, sets out plans to give more power to patients and health professionals.

Visit the Department of Health website for more information.

The NHS Constitution

Read about the NHS Constitution, which sets out rights and pledges for patients and the public.

NHS complaints

You have the right to complain if you're not happy with the care or treatment you've received or you've been refused treatment for a condition.

The class of 1948, Tintagel Primary School

'Our health history'

See how their lifestyle and habits have affected the health of this class of 1948 schoolchildren.