I was born in a London maternity hospital six days after the National Health Service was founded, in July 1948. My mother (I’m told) said: ‘I had to pay for the others. This one I want for free.’
As a consequence of my date of birth, I have always seen myself as one of the founders of the NHS and assumed I had a low entry number.
Apparently not. In a new gimmick offered by the Labour Party, you can now check your NHS birth number … and mine is 10,815.
That’s disappointing. It’s also a bit puzzling. Was Britain’s baby boom really advancing at the rate of 2,000 births a day? Three quarters of a million UK births in 1948? Can anyone verify that?
The Labour Party tells me this is their ‘best estimate’, based on my forename and date of birth. Not sure I believe it. Click here to find your supposed UK birth number.