NHS70 quiz – here’s the answers

Further to our NHS70 Quiz, posted last week, here are the answers:

What was the launch date of the NHS?

5 July 1948

What was the first NHS hospital called?

Park Hospital in Manchester (today known as Trafford General Hospital)

What was the NHS’ first-year budget?

Options: £1.5m / £156m / £437m?

Correct answer: When the NHS was launched in 1948, it had a budget of £437 million (roughly £15 billion at today’s value)

When were charges of one shilling introduced for prescriptions?

Options: 1952 / 1958 / 1960

Correct answer: 1952

When was the link between smoking and cancer established?

Options: 1952 / 1954 / 1965

Correct answer: 1954

The polio and diphtheria vaccinations programme was launched in which year?

Options:  1952 / 1958 / 1962

Correct answer: 1958

When was the first UK kidney transplant?

Options:  1950 / 1960 / 1965

Correct answer: 1960

When was the first full hip replacement carried out?

Options: 1952 / 1957 / 1962

Correct answer: 1962

In which year was the world’s first baby is born as a result of in vitro fertilisation (IVF)?

Options: 1971 / 1978 / 1982

Correct answer: 1978

NHS Direct was launched in 1998.  What number replaced it in 2014?


2008 marked the 20th anniversary of which programmes?

The NHS breast and cervical screening programmes.

In 2009, which document was launched that sets out your rights as an NHS patient?

The NHS Constitution.

Which NHS campaign won an award in 2010?

The stroke ACT F.A.S.T. campaign won an IPA Effectiveness Gold Award.

How many people are currently employed by the NHS?

Options: 1.2m / 1.5m / 1.7m

Correct answer: The NHS employs more than 1.5 million people, putting it in the top five of the world’s largest workforces.

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