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The Year of 2022: A Round Up

Well, what a year it’s been. 2022 has seen many ups and down. The year started with the world continuing to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic and continued with the celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Later this year, we saw the sad passing of Her Majesty, the cost of living crisis that has gripped the country and our finances. But just like the years before, our amazing NHS has continued its amazing work saving lives/caring for others/educating others. 

Here is a little recap of the highs and lows of the year and the major campaigns we’ve enjoyed here at Health Service Discounts.

2022 was the year we helped you get your finances in order and saw the return of the abroad holiday. With COVID travel restrictions no longer in place, many of us dug out our suitcases and sunglasses and jetted off to countries worldwide. 

The Cost of Living Crisis

Households across the UK are expected to feel a financial squeeze within the coming months thanks to soaring energy prices and the increase in National Insurance–both come into effect in April. Learn more about how we support NHS and Healthcare staff below.

Unfortunately, the UK (and our finances) have been hit by the cost of living crisis this year which has led to increased prices across different industries. From the cost of food in the supermarket to the price of gas and electricity, many of us we’ve had to take a serious look at how we spend our money. Experts conclude several factors, including the outbreak of war in Ukraine, Covid-19, environmental issues, and commodity prices, have caused the Cost of Living Crisis UK. Therefore, it is difficult to predict how long it could go on. 

For example, electricity has traditionally been produced in the UK by burning fossil fuels in power stations. With the rise of the Green agenda and a focus on renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, older power stations are closing down.

Through our research, we discovered that Health Service Discounts members can save £2262* annually across various categories, including fashion, travel, household bills and much more.
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Our members annually save £2,262* a year using our Health Service Discounts
91% of members say the discounts help them afford a higher quality of life
23% of members are more likely to be ‘engaged employees’ than non-members 

Covid-19 also impacted the state of the world that cannot go unacknowledged. The pandemic has affected our health, but it has also caused social and economic issues. Because of the pandemic, there is a state of economic fragility within specific industries, such as transport, travel, entertainment, leisure, and hospitality. As a result, this has contributed to the cost of living UK crisis.

But as tough times have got tougher, we know it is more important than ever to save money.  So we’ve been here for you all year with real deals that can make a difference. 

NHS Birthday

If there is one thing that we are really proud of in the UK, it is our NHS. Since launching in 1948, the NHS has come on leaps and bounds in providing excellent care and treatment for people across the country and remains an institution that we all rely on every day. Learn how we celebrated the 74th birthday of the NHS!

The 5th of July 2022 saw the 74th birthday of the NHS and provided us with the opportunity to celebrate and thank all of the amazing staff, past and present, for all their hard work.

Since launching in 1948, the NHS has come on leaps and bounds in providing excellent care and treatment for people across the country and remains an institution that we all rely on every day. Here is everything you need to know about the history of the NHS.

This year we celebrated the NHS’ 74th birthday and took the opportunity to see how far the service has come and look back at the poignant milestones that the service has achieved over its history.

The Passing of Her Majesty The Queen

Throughout her reign, the Queen visited and opened new hospitals and healthcare units across the country, such as Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and Royal London’s Queen Elizabeth UnitHer Majesty was a champion of key workers throughout the pandemic and beyond, celebrating decades of medical achievements and triumphs.

September saw a huge historical event when Buckingham Palace sadly announced that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away at age 96 after reigning for 70 years. 

As the country entered a period of mourning, we celebrated her many achievements and the help and support she offered to NHS staff throughout her long reign. The Queen first sat on the throne in 1952, and over her impressive reign, she witnessed enormous social change. Throughout the rapidly changing world, Queen Elizabeth II became a constant point that we leaned on for support and morale.

Tragically, her passing left the nation mourning its longest-serving monarch, but it also allowed us to reflect on the profound impact Her Majesty had. Find out more here.

It is fair to say that it’s been a bit of a whirlwind with plenty of changes. But one thing we have been able to rely on is the hard work and kindness of NHS staff and plenty of discounts.

Here is to another successful year of saving money at Health Service Discounts in 2023. Not a member? Get signed up for FREE savings in 2023!

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