There are few things more precious in the UK than the NHS, and today that magnificent beast has turned 70. That’s 70 years of healthcare for everyone who needs it, 70 years of kindness from the hardest working staff in the country, and 70 years of expert, nonjudgmental advice for all. So in honour of the National Health Service hitting the big seven-oh, musicians and other famous types have been paying tribute.
Gruff Rhys has released a song for the NHS70 festival, ‘No Profit in Pain’ and, writing in the Guardian, the Super Furry Animals frontman said that “The NHS is something that we can too easily take for granted” and that “The NHS has been there for me throughout my life and has saved many of my family members’ lives. It means more than anything I could ever hope to convey in a melodramatic synth-pop power ballad.” The song is out today, with all the proceeds from the track going to NHS charities in Wales.
A host of musicians, including Sting, Nile Rodgers, Editors’ Tom Smith and Marina (and The Diamonds), have recorded a cover of ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’, which will be released tomorrow. All proceeds will go to NHS Charities Together (a group of 130 charities).
So happy to join the @NHSVoices + other artists on “With A Little Help From My Friends” to celebrate the NHS turning 70 yrs old. Please help support its staff + patients by pre-ordering the record. It’s a privilege to have access to free health care. ? https://t.co/AccTgVM9KN.
— MARINA (@MarinaDiamandis) July 4, 2018
Idles wished the NHS happy birthday on twitter, sharing the video for their track ‘Divide & Conquer’, their takedown of the “disembowelment of our NHS.”
— I D L E S (@idlesband) July 5, 2018
Elsewhere on Twitter, other musicians have been quick to celebrate the National Health Service, with pop sensations Paloma Faith and Louisa Tweeted how grateful they are for the service we receive:
Happy 70th Anniversary to the NHS. Forever grateful that we're provided with free healthcare in the UK, so thank you for everyone you have cured or saved over the years. #NHSCharities #NHS70 pic.twitter.com/pFyZeLr3ER
— Paloma Faith (@Palomafaith) July 5, 2018
And of course, in the political world absolute boy (and leader of the opposition) Jeremy Corbyn thanked the NHS for the work they do for us:
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) July 5, 2018
God bless you, the NHS; here’s to the next 70.