From the cradle to the grave

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The NHS was the brainchild of Liberal Lord Beveridge in 1943 in his report from the Cradle to the Grave.

The NHS and National Insurance were only part of the plan for a post-war future agreed by all parties.

Nye Bevan, the ex miner, got his sums wrong – the first estimate was £4 million per year, it rose to £8 million in the first year and the excuse was underestimating the poor health of post-war Britain.

It was not Churchill or the Tory party that opposed the scheme, it was the private doctors, who could see their living standards going down under a Labour administration.

When it was clear that a charge would have to be made for prescriptions Mr Bevan promptly resigned.

Nobody envisaged the treatment for Aids, abortion, venereal diseases, hip replacements and so with an aging population and rise in immigration, rising costs are always going to be with us.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Leo Logan

Medlock Drive, Handsworth, Sheffield, S13