Birth of the National Health Service | The early history of the NHS
CHANNEL | Home Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 04 July 1948
DURATION | 14 minutes 58 seconds
On the eve of the introduction of the new Social Service schemes, the Prime Minister explains how he believes they will benefit the country. Attlee describes the aims of the four new schemes, the National Insurance Act, Industrial Injuries Act, National Assistance and the National Health Service, and states his belief that they will improve the country's health and happiness.
Clement Attlee was a famously quiet and unassuming man, in fact Churchill said he was 'A modest man who has a good deal to be modest about'. However, modern commentators see him as one of this country's most effective and efficient Prime Ministers. In 2006, he and Margaret Thatcher were jointly ranked as the greatest Prime Ministers of the 20th century in 'BBC History Magazine'.
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