70 years of the NHS, Campbeltown has its say:

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Words and pictures Saffron Coffield

The UK celebrated the 70th year of free healthcare provided by the NHS.

On July 5 1948, the NHS was launched at Park Hospital, Manchester, which today is Trafford General Hospital and last week the organisation reached three score and 10 the biblical lifespan.

For the first time, all specialists within medicine joined forces to supply a free service to anyone in the UK.

People across the country paid tribute by hosting events, tea parties and also by wearing the NHS’s trademark blue.

Following this recent commemeration, the Courier asked Campbeltonians: ‘Has the NHS been a success in its 70 year history?’

‘The NHS has been a huge success, I couldn’t do without it’ said Duncan McIntyre, 76,  a pensioner from Campbeltown, ‘I’ve had two knee operations in the Southern General Hospital.

‘I’m thankful that it is so easily accessible as it has helped me a great deal in the past few years.

He also stated that ‘it is good for people who could not afford it on their own.’ 50_c28nhsvoxpop02_Duncan_MacIntyre

Two Campbeltown sisters Alison Lee and Diane Crawford, shared similair views on the success of the NHS.

Alison, who is a cleaner, said: ‘If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here.

‘I had Lukemia in 2013 for eight months, the staff were great throughout the whole process.’

Diane, who is a shop assistant had a similair experience, she stated ‘I had a tumor in 2015 and the medical staff were just great.’ 50_c28nhsvoxpop07_Diane_Crawford_Alison_Lee

Zena Coffield, 50, manager of SKDT, said: ‘I think that other countries are envious of our NHS, it’s an amazing service.’

She also thinks that ‘the staff are overworked and underpaid, like many of our other emergancy services.’ 50_c28nhsvoxpop03_Zena_Coffield

Site engineer, Lewis McFadyen, 24 praised the NHS and said: ‘It’s great that the services they provide are free to anyone, other countries pay a fortune. People don’t appreciate how good it is.’

Work colleague, general labourer Andrew Henderson, 29 was in anaccident when he was just eight-years-old.

He said: ‘The NHS took care of me when I was knocked down by a car, the staff treated me like a king and took the edge off the situation.’ 50_c28nhsvoxpop08_Andrew_Henderson_Lewis_McFadyen

Margaret McGuire, 59, who currently works in IT for the NHS stated that ‘The NHS is truly remarkable.

‘I’m very proud to work for them and think that external support must continue.’ 50_c28nhsvoxpop01_Margaret_McGuire

Phil Edwards, 56, Campbeltown Youth Worker, said: ‘I had a spinal operation two years ago and it was a complete succcess. Thanks to the NHS.’ 50_c28nhsvoxpop06_Phil_Edwards

Visitors to Campbeltown Mo,64 and Peter, 66, preferred not to give their surnames.

Mo, who is a retired personal officer for the NHS, said: ‘I think that the funding is wasted on CEO’s and admin, more should be given to the hospital itself and the nurses.’ 50_c28nhsvoxpop04_MO

Husband Peter, claims that working for the NHS is ‘a thankless job’ and he believes that ‘it is ironic as they have become a victim of their own success.’

He added: ‘Advances in medicine have resulted in overpopulation which has led to even more pressure on the staff.’ 50_c28nhsvoxpop05_Peter