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S1-E11 The Birth of the NHS

S1-E11 The Birth of the NHS

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Melvyn Bragg's mobile cinema parks alongside the College of Medical and Dental Sciences in Birmingham to highlight the formation of the NHS in 1948. June Rosen shares a childhood memory of delivering breakfast to then-Health Secretary Nye Bevan on the day he introduced the service. A leading nurse discusses arriving from Barbados to begin her training, and the show hears from the woman who was the first baby to be born on the NHS.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Executive Producer Ruth Pitt
Series Producer Dympna Jackson


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