UNISON celebrates 75 years of the NHS with free ice cream

Ice cream van to bring ice cold treats to health workers in Devon.

NHS workers hold purple UNISON tote bags while enjoying an ice cream. An ice cream van can be seen in the background.

The National Health Service’s seventy-fifth birthday will be marked by health workers in UNISON with free ice cream outside two hospitals in Devon.

UNISON will be providing free ice cream for NHS workers at Royal Devon and Exeter hospital today (Tuesday) and for North Devon District Hospital staff tomorrow (Wednesday).

An ice cream van will be on site between 11am and 3pm.

The NHS was founded on 5 July 1948 by Aneurin Bevan.

UNISON North Devon and Exeter Health branch secretary, Trudie Martin said:

“The NHS is the best thing about this country. It looks after everyone, throughout their lives, no matter their financial means. That’s worth celebrating.

“In Barnstaple and Exeter we want to say a special happy birthday to the NHS and celebrate the work staff do every day – from delivering babies to helping the very old or unwell live with dignity. But we also need to recognise that the NHS won’t last the next seventy five years unless it’s properly funded and publicly run.”