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.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Determined, relentless, revolutionary
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I created the NHS
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I was a miner in the colliery of Tredegar following my father and brother, however there was a period of unrest and turbulence with strikes and riots which led me to become involved in the workers union and my career in politics went on from there.
Were you ever in trouble for anything?
I was called upto a tribunal on charges of evading the call-up of conscripts.
Tell us something people might not know about me?
I had a really bad stammer.
I'm being championed by:
Hayley Pincott, University Dental Hospital, Cardiff