Churchill’s health plan

BBC History Magazine - - Letters -

Roger Mor­ris is in­cor­rect when he says that Win­ston Churchill did all he could to “squash” the NHS ( Let­ters, Septem­ber). Speak­ing in 1944 as prime min­is­ter he said: “Our pol­icy is to cre­ate a na­tional health ser­vice, in or­der to en­sure that ev­ery­body in the coun­try, ir­re­spec­tive of means, age, sex or oc­cu­pa­tion, shall have equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to ben­e­fit from the best and most up-to-date med­i­cal and al­lied ser­vices avail­able.” And the Con­ser­va­tive party’s 1945 gen­eral elec­tion man­i­festo went on to prom­ise: “The health ser­vices of the coun­try will be made avail­able to all cit­i­zens… no one will be de­nied the at­ten­tion, the treat­ment or the ap­pli­ances he re­quires be­cause he can­not af­ford them.”

The most vir­u­lent op­po­si­tion to the cre­ation of the NHS came from the Bri­tish Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, a for­mer sec­re­tary of which likened it to “a first step, and a big one, to na­tional so­cial­ism as prac­tised in Ger­many”. Charles El­lis, St Al­bans

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