THE NHS IS BORN
One of Britain’s defining institutions was born out of high public demand
CHANGE IS NYE
Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan, the Minister of Health, was one of the NHS’s pioneers. When the controversial Beveridge Report of 1942 was published, it recommended the creation of a welfare state with a health service to care for Britain’s sick and injured. Bevan’s guiding principles were that healthcare should meet the needs of everyone, be free at the point of delivery, and not be based on the patient’s ability to pay.
VISION OF THE FUTURE
As well as standard hospital and GP services, the new NHS included dental work and opticianry. In this image, a young woman from Bristol is being tested for a new pair of basic spectacles, which for the firsttime would be 100 per cent free. So-called ‘fancy frames’ cost extra.
CRADLE TO GRAVE
A newborn baby is placed on chilly iron scales to be weighed, while its mother watches attentively. Bevan’s idea was that healthcare would cover people right from their mother’s pregnancy to the very end of their natural lives.