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In Place of Fear

A short description of the book by Aneurin Bevan

The author is the founder of the National Health Service (NHS) in UK. The National Health Service Act 1946 came into effect on 5 July 1948.

This quote sums up the essence of the book.

"Not even the apparently enlightened principle of the greatest good for the greatest number can excuse indifference to individual suffering..."

Aneurin Bevan discussed the challenges and decisions taken in the creation of the NHS, amongst other issues of the day.

The following is an excerpt from this very small, thin but insightful book, which summarises the vision which led to the founding of the NHS in the UK...

"Preventable pain is a blot on any society. Much sickness and often permanent disability arise from failure to take early action, and this in its turn is due to high costs and the fear of the effects of heavy bills on the family.

The records show that it is the mother in the average family who suffers most from the absence of a free health service. In trying to balance her domestic budget, she puts her own needs last.

Society becomes more wholesome, more serene, and spiritually healthier, if it knows that its citizens have at the back of their consciousness the knowledge that not only themselves, but all their fellows, have access, when ill, to the best that medical skill can provide.

But private charity and endowment, although inescapably essential at one time, cannot meet the cost of all this. If the job is to be done, the state must accept financial responsibility..."

Aneurin Bevan

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