Doctor shortages in the valley town that inspired the NHSBMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3600 (Published 22 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3600
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Park Hospital, Trafford opened to patients on 17th December 1928 and was officially opened by the Princess Royal on 1st June 1929
Mr Bevan launched the NHS at Park Hospital, the name Trafford General Hospital dates from 1988.
Mr Bevan did not boast (or say, or write, or communicate in any other way) that the NHS was based on anything in Tredegar (or anywhere else.) The National Health Service was not Bevan's idea, nor did he ever directly claim that it was. The 'quote' is a fake seemingly made up by an elderly Tredegar resident in 2005 in order to get himself on TV. (People from Swindon seem to have made similar claims re the NHS and to have fabricated similar fake Bevan 'quotes' relating to their town.)
The concept of the the NHS was put forward by William Beveridge in December 1942, as an adjunct (an assumption WB called it) to his report on Social Insurance. (Not a new idea, but Beveridge was the first to capture the public's imagination.) Churchill endorsed the report in his 'From the Cradle to the Grave' broadcast of 21 March 1943. Government set to work and in March 1944 Minister of Health Conservative Henry Willink published his white paper 'A National Health Service' upon which the 1946 (E&W) & 1947 (Scot) National Health Service Acts were based.
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