NHS marks 65th anniversary

The National Health Service is 65 this month. We've been taking a look at how it has changed over the years, and what the future might hold.

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Aneira Thomas, who turns 65 today, was the youngest of seven children but the first of them to be born in a hospital.

Ms Thomas, who was named after the health service's founder, Aneurin "Nye" Bevan, was born at a minute past midnight on July 5, 1948, at the Amman Valley Hospital, Carmarthenshire.

Her mother was in labour for nearly 18 hours, but the nurses pleaded with her to hold on so the baby could be born on the National Health. Today she told ITV's Daybreak the good stories about the NHS don't make the headlines.

65 years of the NHS

Aneurin Bevan was MP for Ebbw Vale for 31 years. Credit: PA/PA Archive

65 years of the NHS will be celebrated today in Cardiff.

Union members and politicians will gather at the statue of Tredegar-born Aneurin Bevan who spearheaded the service and opened the first NHS Hospital, as Health Minister, in 1948.

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