A 60th birthday present for the NHS from children’s laureate

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 05 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2904
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    “When I was asked to write a poem for the NHS it was almost like [getting] a present,” said Michael Rosen, The United Kingdom’s children’s laureate, at the launch of his poem, These are the Hands, on 4 December as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the NHS.

    Born in 1946, just before the NHS itself, Mr Rosen says that he has his parents to thank for his enthusiasm for the NHS. He remembers them telling him how, before …

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