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Manchester birthplace of NHS is threatened with cuts

it was where the National Health Service was born in 1948.

But campaigners say Trafford General Hospital is threatened by cuts which seriously threaten its place in the community and the history of our country.

The trust which runs the hospital, which is in Davyhulme, plan to reduce the hours of the A&E department and to close two other major units.

But those fighting to keep the intact say their efforts are vital as the NHS marks 65 years.

Sarah Rogers reports.

Protests outside Trafford General on NHS anniversary

Protests at Trafford General Hospital against planned cuts to services Credit: ITV Granada

It's 65 years today since the NHS was founded at Trafford General Hospital.

However campaigners are angry at proposed changes to the hospital's services and are protesting outside.

A card for David Cameron with quote from Nye Bevan who opened the first NHS hospital in 1948 Credit: ITV Granada

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65 years since the NHS was founded in Trafford

It's 65 years today since the NHS was founded at Trafford General Hospital.

A special ceremony is being held this afternoon to mark the anniversary.

Trafford General Hospital Credit: Press Association

But celebrations will be matched by demonstrations. Campaigners are angry at proposed changes to the hospital's services and are planning a protest.

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Landmarks in the history of the NHS

  • 1948: First free hospital opened in Manchester
  • 1958: First full hip replacements was carried out
  • 1962: Contraceptive pill made available as a prescription to married women
  • 1978: World's first test-tube baby was born
  • 1988: Breast and cervical screening programme introduced for all women
  • 1991: NHS Trusts established to make services more responsive to local needs
  • 1998: Launch of NHS Direct service
  • 2000: NHS walk-in centres launched
  • 2009: Care Quality Commission launched as new healthcare regulator

Women at risk of breast cancer to be given drugs

New guidelines say thousands of women should be given a "pill a day" to drastically cut their chances of breast cancer.

Research, partly carried out in Manchester, says women with a family history of the disease should be offered the drugs as an alternative to surgery.

Victoria Grimes has been to meet one woman from Lancashire who says the new approach cannot come soon enough.

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