This interactive timeline has been created to showcase some of the fantastic accomplishments, milestones, innovations and breakthroughs that have been made in the NHS in Scotland over the last 70 years.

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NHSScotland has been providing high-quality health and care, meeting many challenges since its creation on 5 July 1948. How the NHS came into being in Scotland is a story that isn't widely known. It had its own strong and distinctively Scottish roots well before 1948.

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70th Anniversary

5 July 2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of The National Health Service, which was founded on the 5th July 1948. Join NHSScotland and its partners in celebrating 70 years of the NHS in 2018 and find out how you can get involved.

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