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The National Health Service began work on the 5th July 1948. This scene from the 1960s is featured in an exhibition around Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust hospitals. Source: BBC

From the BBC:

A plaque to mark 60 years of the NHS is to be unveilved in Tredegar, the birthplace of the service’s founder Aneurin Bevan.

[Health minister] Ms Hart said: “It is a fitting tribute to the man and to Tredegar, which is often described as the inspiration of the NHS, to be here today to unveil this new stone to mark this very special occasion.”

Aneurin Bevan’s plans for the NHS were inspired by the work of the Tredegar Medical Aid Society, which gave healthcare to local workers in return for a small weekly fee.

“Nye’s vision brought healthcare within the reach of the poorest members of society. Health was no longer the preserve of the rich.”

“He saw it could work locally and he said he would ‘Tredegarise’ the whole of the health service of Britain.”

Dave Galligan, head of health at Unison, which helped organise the event with the town council, said: “The NHS is a success story and a wonderful institution. We should applaud those such as Bevan at the foresight and integrity that led to today’s NHS.”

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