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The Red Cross

Images of the NHS before the 1990s suggest an absence of a universal identifying symbol. Such an absence helps explain why, when the Labour Party produced a campaigning poster attacking Conservative spending on the NHS in 1988, they represented this through a red cross symbol overlaid on a £ sign. The use of the red cross symbol for political purposes was condemned by the International Red Cross as breaching international law.

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https://imperialglobalexeter.com/tag/international-committee-of-the-red-cross/

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