In 60 years the NHS has changed dramatically - in terms of what it provides, how it is administered, who works there and how much it costs to run.
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Here is an at-a-glance look at some of the changes.
CHIEF CAUSES OF DEATH
Main causes of death in 1948 and how they compare now
(2006 except where stated)
|England and Wales
|Heart and circulatory disease
|Bronchitis or respiratory diseases
Scotland categorises some causes of heart disease differently from England and Wales
Northen Ireland data unavailable
|Based on best available data, England and Wales *2004||SOURCE: DoH 2006||SOURCE: Scottish Government|