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Prescribing equal values

The War Cry comments on equality

Sometimes the decisions we make can affect the quality of life of people thousands of miles away

OVER the past few weeks newspapers, magazines and TV schedules have been full of features and programmes marking the 70th anniversary of the UK’s National Health Service.

It is hard to measure the changes that 5 July 1948 brought to people’s lives. For those of us born since then, it seems almost inconceivable that a trip to see the doctor or a visit to hospital could be followed by a bill.

But the story of the NHS has not been without its challenges. The advances made in medical science could not have been imagined in postwar Britain – and nor could the costs.

The health service regularly tops the political agenda. There are debates about funding, bureaucracy, waiting lists and the involvement of the private sector. But, despite the disagreements, it continues to be a source of pride to people all over the country – none more so than those who work for it.

In this week’s issue of The War Cry we hear from Lizzy Salway, who has worked as a midwife for five years. She says: ‘The NHS is one of the most positive things about Britain. What I love is its message that every life has equal value.’

That is an important message. And it doesn’t apply only to people living in the same country as us. Sometimes the decisions we make can affect the quality of life of people thousands of miles away.

Today (Saturday 7 July) is World Chocolate Day and this week we also interview a sourcing director for Traidcraft, who explains the exploitation that can go on in the manufacture of the chocolate we eat.

The founders of Traidcraft began work in 1979 to tackle poverty and injustice for those who produce food for the western world. They did so because their Christian faith led them to realise that every life has equal value.

Their actions are a timely reminder for us all.

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