12–18 November 2018

Aneurin Bevan

Aneurin or Nye Bevan (1897–1960) was the Minister of Health from 1945–51, and Minister of Labour and National Service in 1951.

He first became an MP in May of 1929 for Ebbw Vale supported by many in the local mining community.

He became the Minister for Health and Housing after the election in July of 1945 which saw Clement Attlee as Prime Minister. He had great success as Housing Minister but the Minister for Health role was where he stood out with the creation of the NHS. The National Health Service Act received royal assent on 6 November 1946. This lead to the NHS officially starting on 5 July 1948.

He wanted the NHS to have universal access to first-class care and be free at the point of delivery. This would be paid for by a national tax.

He died on 6 July 1960 of stomach cancer.

Source: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Who’s Who.