Nye Bevan and the Fight for the NHS

Every time you visit the doctor/hospital, pick up a prescription, visit the dentist, receive some state help in the form of benefits, or live in a council house built after the war, you are in receipt of help from a service introduced by Nye Bevan. Yet many will have never heard of him.

Nye's beginning was very humble. Born in Tredegar, South Wales, he experienced the injustices that only being poor brings. A miner and trade unionist, he won a place at the Central Labour College which made him realise that in order to obtain the power to change injustice he needed to become an MP.

Bevan introduced the NHS, built thousands of council homes after the war, and changed state benefits, thereby eliminating the workhouse. Yet introducing the NHS was not easy, with the Conservatives, the BMA and the papers against it, threatening an armageddon. Bevan persevered and we are benefitting still today from his dedication, drive and determination.

By the time he died of cancer in 1960, aged 63, there was a national outpouring of grief.

I have spent the last 18 months researching his life and that of his struggle to introduce the NHS and have written a script.  Click here to read more about Nye Bevan and the fight for the NHS.