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Aneurin Bevan and the foundation of the NHS

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Aneurin Bevan and the foundation of the NHS

Bevan is the most significant figure in the history of the NHS and deserves a page to himself. He was never, as far as we are aware, a member of the Socialist Medical Association, but clearly got to know some of the leading figures quite well during the agitation around the establishment of the NHS. He is still invoked in argument, especially in Wales – see What Bevan would think of Blair.

Tredegar’s role in the foundation of the NHS:

The text of speeches and memoranda reproduced here where not otherwise indicated is taken with kind permission from Charles Webster’s collection “Aneurin Bevan on the National Health Service” published by the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford 1991.

Aneurin Bevan: An appreciation of his services to the health of the people. Pamphlet published by the Socialist Medical Association about 1960

Aneurin Bevan – Labour’s lost leader BBC site with recordings

Website of the Aneurin Bevan Society

Bevan and the NHS

Brief biography of Bevan

Portraits of Bevan in the National Portrait Gallery

Jennie Lee’s papers in the archive of the Open University

The Miner’s Canary – Let it Fly

One Comment

  1. Des Halestrap says:

    Although I don’t live in Tredegar now,my family knew him personally . He was at one time courting my Aunt Vera. My father was a keen socialist and my mother a keen Conservative so my young life at home was hearing both sides of the argument. The more I get to know the health service the more I agree with my father that Nye was a socialist hero. It was good to be reminded by my mother that Nye was up against human greed and envy which even the NHS had no cure for. His life was not a black or white picture but he certainly got things done
    Des

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