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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

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

TV star leads protest to save Trafford hospital's A&E

Matthew Kelly with protestors Credit: Mel Barham

The actor and TV presenter Matthew Kelly has agreed to become the official patron of the Save Trafford General campaign group which is fighting to keep the hospital's A & E department open.

He was born in Urmston, Greater Manchester. The petition against the closure has 9000 signatures.

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