Founding Member of the NHS Insisted on the Inclusion of Homeopathy


When Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), introduced the National Health Service in 1945, he insisted that:

“under the National Health Service Act homeopathic institutions will be enabled to provide their own form of treatment and that the continuity of the characteristics of those institutions will be maintained.”

On 16th May 1946 in a debate in Standing Committee of the House Of Commons on the draft National Health Service Bill then before the Committee, then Minister of Health Mr Aneurin Bevan said

“That if they (Homeopathic Institutions) are brought into the scheme it will be for the purpose of providing their own particular form of treatment”

On the 23rd November 1946 the same Minister said

“Obviously if they (the Homeopathic Hospitals) are brought into the scheme it must be regarded as a principle of fundamental importance that their special sectarian and individual character must be preserved because for the people who believe in it that in itself will be a part of the therapy and the treatment…In trying to restore people to good health the spiritual as well as the physical aspects are of profound importance. That applies to Catholic Hospitals and to all hospitals with those special characteristic. If they are to be brought in it must be the obligation of the Regional Boards in establishing their Management Committee to see that these Management Committees are of a character which maintains the continuity of the characteristics of those Institutions. I think that I can give that absolute guarantee because otherwise it would be an emotional mutilation which nobody could possibly defend”

Aneurin Bevan was also a member of The National Council for Civil Liberties (‘Liberty’ was adopted as it’s working name), founded by Ronald Hubert Kidd, civil rights campaigner and grandson of homeopath Joseph Kidd.

“Liberty seeks to protect civil liberties and promote human rights for everyone”.

The initial spark for it’s formation was the National Hunger March in 1932. Vice Presidents were highly eminent personalities of the day including Bertrand Arthur William Russell 3rd Earl Russell (1872-1970) British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, socialist, pacifist and social critic and Havelock Ellis (1859-1939) a British doctor, sexual psychologist and social reformer.



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