People's History of the NHS


Beveridge Report Dynamite

The 1942 Beveridge Report (named after its author, Liberal economist William Beveridge) famously argued for state intervention to do away with the 'Five Giants': squalor, ignorance, want, idleness, and disease. Received with considerable popular acclaim, the Report was also -- as cartoonist Charles Leslie Illingworth depicts here -- political dynamite. The explosive changes of the immediately post-war era can at least in part be traced to its charge.

National Library of Wales/British Cartoon Archive copyright Associated Newspapers Ltd. / Solo Syndication

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