Mike Adamson is chief executive of the British Red Cross
As the NHS turns 70, over the next month a lot of people will be talking about its health, now and for the future.
There will be calls for sweeping changes.
Some will gaze into a future of technology and innovation. Others will say we should get back to basics.
But really, it’s much more complicated than that.
Of course it is. Even when we celebrated the birth of the NHS in 1948, the Minister of Health Aneurin Bevan at the time sounded a note of caution.
He warned that there would be “no miraculous removal of our more serious shortages of nurses and others and of modern re-planned buildings and equipment…”
These words of seven decades past have a very modern ring.