In a possibly unintentional play on words, the BBC report could be seen as a parody of the ideology of the UK Health Services which has not been revisited since Aneurin Bevan’s time.
A building key to the formation of the NHS is a dangerous eyesore and should be knocked down if no use can be found for it, some residents have said.
Tredegar General Hospital shut in 2010 and the health board that owns it is trying to find “the best way forward”.
Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies called it a key part of local history and said it must be saved.
Aneurin Bevan was its management committee’s chairman in 1928 – 20 years before founding the NHS…..
…The hospital opened in 1904, with construction paid for by wages of local iron and coal workers.
Its creation was the vision of what became the medical aid society – which was considered far in advance of any similar initiative as it gave sick pay, medical benefits and funeral expenses to its 3,000 members.
Between 1915 and 1933, Walter Conway – considered a mentor to Bevan – was its secretary.
By the time he finished, it was supplying the medical needs of 95% of the local population, employing five doctors, two dentists, pharmacy dispensers and a nurse.
In a nod to how it inspired him, when he set up the NHS, Bevan said: “All I am doing is extending to the entire population of Britain the benefits we have had in Tredegar for a generation or more.
“We are going to Tredegarise you.”