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NHS overview

The NHS is the world’s largest publicly funded health service, and remains mostly free to the 60 million plus people who live in the UK.

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Doctors' strike: 'Avoid A&E if possible'

People are being urged to avoid visiting hospital A&E departments unless there is a genuine medical emergency as junior doctors in England stage an all-out strike over 2 days in their dispute with the government over pay and conditions.

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What the NHS does

The NHS is the world’s largest publicly funded health service. The founding principle in 1948 was 'free at the point of delivery'. That's still true today in most cases. You don't get charged for visiting an NHS GP, but many people do pay to see a dentist or optician, unless you are exempt.

The NHS is there for all 63.2 million of us in the UK - from flu jabs to IVF treatment and heart transplants to cancer treatment.

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