Generations of medical, nursing and support staff have upheld the finest traditions of the NHS across south west Scotland.
That was the view of Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack this week as he expressed his enthusiastic support for the health service on the 70th anniversary of its foundation.
Mr Jack said: "Few developments over the last 100 years can have improved the lives and wellbeing of so many than the creation of the NHS on July 5, 1948.
"It has evolved during a period of great strides forward in medicine and has yet, quite rightly, maintained the founding principle of a service free at the point of delivery.
"I'm sure l join many of my constituents in wishing all those involved in the NHS, past and present, good wishes on this very special anniversary."
Mr Jack stated that despite huge challenges he was confident for the future with increased investment in the NHS on the way.
He highlighted the showpiece new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, other developments across the constituency and increased NHS involvement in social care as examples of an organisation adjusting to changing circumstances and needs.
Mr Jack paid tribute all those involved in the NHS locally over the last 70 years stating they could be proud of their caring contribution.