Long live the NHS
On Thursday 5th of July 2018 the UK celebrated 70 years of the NHS. The NHS was the first universal health care system established anywhere in the world.
When Aneurin Bevan (a Welshman from Tredegar), the then health secretary, launched the NHS at Park Hospital in Manchester (today known as Trafford General Hospital), it was the climax of a hugely ambitious plan to bring good healthcare to all.
For the first time, hospitals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and dentists were brought together under one umbrella organisation to provide services that are free for all at the point of delivery.
I am proud to be a part of a nation that provides free medical care for all at the point of delivery. While we sometimes complain about some aspects of the NHS, however, we thank God for it and as Christians I believe it to be our moral duty to ensure that we continue to have a health service that is free at the point of need. Historically, Christians have actively cared for the sick and needy.
The Bible does not address healthcare directly but the Bible is definitely pro-health and encourages us to take care of our bodies. Our bodies are creations of God and, for the believer, temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19–20). Luke, who wrote over half of the New Testament, was a healthcare professional (Colossians 4:14), and Paul once advised medical treatment (1 Timothy 5:23). Seeking the physical wellbeing of others (and of oneself) is good and proper.
Taking care of health is biblical and important, for God created us as body, soul, and spirit. We must not ignore the body’s health. Healthcare, in whatever form it takes, is biblical and important, as well. Christians should be involved with preventative healthcare and make plans to deal with injuries and illnesses before they occur.
LONG LIVE NHS WALES!
Ps Arnallt Morgan