It all started in Tredegar, a small mining town high up in the Gwent valleys of South East Wales. Local firebrand Nye Bevan knew it could work, because it had done for his community for many years. The basic principle – individual security in ill health through collective solidarity – put healthcare in the control of the patient and the community. Doctors were highly valued public servants, and no one need worry about the cost of health care. Brilliantly simple, yet transformative. Good enough for the rest of the UK.
Would Nye be equally proud of the NHS in Wales now? Wales actually...Continue reading