Cuts Scene Investigation #2: Tameside’s NHS

The Health and Social Care Reform Bill and its effects on the Tameside area

In the Edwardian times, a regular feature of Tameside’s markets was a tooth puller. People would queue to have their bad tooth or teeth removed in public, and their cries would be drowned out by musicians.

On the 5th July 1948, such scenes would be confined to history, with the launch of the National Health Service. As a thank you for surviving a tumultuous few decades, Britons would receive free healthcare at the point of delivery, funded by National Insurance contributions. As a consequence of Aneurin Bevan’s plan, they would be freed from finding money to pay the doctor, or ambulance fees. This also led to greater awareness in health promotion, life expectancy rising and improved health overall. Continue reading “Cuts Scene Investigation #2: Tameside’s NHS”