The Royal College of Physicians and the NHS
Founded on 23 September 1518 by a Royal Charter from King Henry VIII, The Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP) is the oldest medical college in England. It was formed with the aim of regulating the practice of medicine in London, and later England, which at that time could be taken up by any quack or charlatan. The RCP continues to play a pivotal role in raising standards and shaping public health today, with many members and fellows of the College working for the NHS.
In 2018, the 70th anniversary of the NHS, the RCP is celebrating its 500th anniversary by looking back at some of the most significant moments in its long history, including the college’s involvement in the foundation of the NHS.
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