National Health Service

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The National Health Service, the publicly funded healthcare system of the United Kingdom, established in 1948 under the Minister of Health, Aneurin Bevan.


  • Although I am not myself a devotee of bigness for bigness sake, I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one.
  • Bevan speaking in the House of Commons during the reading of the NHS Bill.


  • I stuffed their mouths with gold.
  • Bevan, referring to allowing consultants to continue private practice alongside their NHS duties.

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