The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the NHS

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations.

A few months before the Declaration the NHS was launched
(5 July) by the then minister of health, Aneurin Bevan, it had three core principles: that it meet the needs of everyone; that it be free at the point of delivery and
that it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay.

Simple and to the point the NHS was created to address the vast post-war health inequalities in the UK. At the time that the UDHR would have been on the minds of those that created the NHS. So it seems reasonable to hold the NHS up to these standards.

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