People's History of the NHS


London Olympics Ceremony

The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, directed by Danny Boyle, included a homage to Britain's NHS. However this focused on a more local site: London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and its beds, nurses, and child patients. Although the letters NHS would be lit up for the international television audience, the lights also projected the Great Ormond Street logo. This suggests that national affection and pride for the NHS was still sometimes rooted in particular institutions and their longer histories.


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