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Bevan, Creator of the NHS




The creation of the National Health Service was the most significant of the many reforms of the post-war Labour government. The man responsible was Aneurin 'Nye' Bevan. The son of a Welsh miner, he became a local trade union leader at only nineteen and in 1929 was elected as a Labour MP. 

Bevan believed the war was Britain's opportunity to create a new society, a position he maintained throughout the conflict. When war ended in 1945, the landslide Labour victory gave him the chance to make this vision a reality.

In the NHS's 100th anniversary year, this updated edition of Bevan's biography considers his legacy, as the future of the health service he created is fought over as never before.

  • By Francis Beckett and Clare Beckett
  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781913368838