It was such a big week for London and I was glad to be there drinking Pimm’s with locals.

Although everyone talks about the famous Harrods being like our Bergdorf Goodman, I was very happy to be shown Harvey Nichols. Not for the shopping, but rather the food hall, it was less crowded than that of Harrods and had lovely food and cocktails in a quiet and inviting setting for meetings.

The week kicked off with the Pride 50th Anniversary where more than a million attended the “biggest ever parade.”  This was followed by the 74th birthday of the NHS.  We found an image from the “New National Health Service” describing what it is and how people could get it from when NHS started which stated:

“It will provide you with all medical, dental, and nursing care. Everyone-rich or poor, man, woman or child – can use it or any part of it.  There are no charges, except for a few special items.  There are no insurance qualifications.  But it is not a charity. You are all paying for it, mainly as taxpayers, and it will relieve your money worries in time of illness.”

You can see the clipping but the reason I enjoyed typing it out was to actually think about what this meant then and what this means now, especially as I analyze it as an American so focused on CMS and our healthcare.  There are many opinions of how well NHS is really doing and we will not get into that but we will highlight our favorite British Fraud Guy, Dr. Simon Peck.  Here are some of our favorite blogs featuring this bloke:

Finally the week concluded with Boris Johnson’s resignation which raises questions over social care policies.

Next week we will have a guest blogger from another place in England who had an interesting take on a “small” town.

By Jeanmarie Loria