Today we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the national health service.
Our NHS is a fantastic institution, one we should all be very proud off.
Yes there are pressures, and yes there are things we need to improve, but there is so much to celebrate about our NHS. My family and I owe so much to the wonderful doctors and nurses, and all those behind the scenes, who are there when you really need them. I would not be here today if it wasn't for the NHS.
There are some who have said that David Cameron was wrong when he pledged to ring fence spending on the NHS. Well I am very proud of the decision of this Government to recognise that the NHS is so special - that we wouldn't cut the money going into the NHS, but that instead we would increase it.
Just look at some of the improvements made in the last couple of years. A record number of patients being treated, infection rates in hospitals at an all time low, mixed sex wards finally abolished, and new treatments saving lives that were unheard of just a few years a ago.