After voting in the £50 Note Zone, it’s time to tell the Bank of England what you think:
Put me on the note because I founded the NHS.
Born 15/11/1897 in Tredegar Died 6/7/1960 in Chesham
Minster for Health 1945-1951
I was intrumental in the creation of the NHS
One sentence about me: I was resposible for passing the National Health Act through parliament.
I was born in Tredegar in South Wales, my father was a miner and my mother was a seamstress. I was one of ten children sadly only 6 of us made it to adulthoood. When I turned 14 I followed my father and older brother down Ty Tryst Colliery.
As the years passed I became more aware of politics especially as strikes and riots were occuring so I became chair of the South Wales Miners Federation. I was called up before a tribunal for the charge of evading the call-up of conscripts but I managed to get the case dismissed on medical grouds due to the nystagmus I had because of mining.
So over the years my political career grew, and I eventually became an MP and this is how I met my wife Jennie (she was also an MP). I was very honoured to be one of the youngest cabinet members and I was resposible for health, housing and local authorities, and I oversaw the building of over a million new houses the introduction of national insurance which helped to create the welfare state. Then in 1948 one of my greatest achievements is when I passed the National Health Service Act through parliament, and I also wanted all 2,688 hospitals I was resposible for nationalised and as such 5th July 1948 saw the start of the NHS.
As I have said “No society can legitimately call itself civilized if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means”
Vote for me:
Although not a scientist Aneurin Bevan gave us possibly one of the greatest scientific gifts….the NHS, a service we ALL use from birth through to death.