Ori­gins of the NHS

BBC History Magazine - - Letters -

I write re­gard­ing the let­ter about the Con­ser­va­tive party and the NHS in Au­gust’s is­sue. What your cor­re­spon­dent, Mr Topps, has failed to take into ac­count is that Labour were sat in power in a coali­tion with the Con­ser­va­tives right through the war years, and the ideas came from Bevan, Bev­eridge [a Lib­eral] and At­tlee – not from the Con­ser­va­tives. When Churchill lost the elec­tion, he and all the other se­nior Con­ser­va­tive min­is­ters did all they could to squash “the cra­dle to grave” scheme be­fore it could get off the ground. Roger Morris, Cardiff

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