The Headliner #77 - Happy Birthday NHS

The Headliner #77

9th July 2018

Happy birthday NHS!

It is 70 years since the NHS was founded and there have been celebrations across the country championing both the service and staff. But there have been tricky questions too, about its funding and staff shortages with supporters and detractors alike asking just how healthy is our health service?

The government published its LGBT+ equality plan, to improve the lives of gay and transgender people, announcing that they will seek to ban gay “conversion” therapies. With more than two-thirds of the LGBT+ community avoiding holding hands in public for fear of negative reactions, we still have a way to go to create a world where nobody feels the need to hide who they are.

We’re all going on a summer holiday, no more working for a week or two. But before we jet off there is a new fee to pay. Manchester Airport has announced it is introducing drop off charges. Is this a canny move to cash in on summer holidaymakers or a tactical bid to reduce congestion around the airport?

The Today programme is the BBC flagship news programme. Broadcast in 1957, millions of people start their day by tuning. But with a drop of 30,000 listeners is it in need of an update? Is John Humphry’s the best thing about the programme or an out of touch dinosaur that needs to go?