To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the NHS, we asked readers to comment on who they thought had been the most influential people in the history of the service. We will feature some of your ideas over the next few weeks.
Dame Cicely Saunders As founder of the modern hospice movement, she changed provision for - and attitudes to - terminal illness.
Sir George Alberti for supporting the development of the emergency care practitioner and enabling highly skilled paramedics and nurses to assess and treat patients, giving them care at the right time, in the right place and by the right person. His work has also influenced the concept of community matrons, who work on admission avoidance.
Gordon Brown for increasing NHS budgets significantly over the past few years.
Tony Blair for his introduction of devolved government and subsequent health legislation which resulted in the end of the UK-wide NHS. Thanks to him, today we have health services in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Dame Janet Smith for a thorough review of health service regulation following the Harold Shipman case. Its recommendations will be long-lasting.
Do you agree? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Look out for the HSJ "Diamond sixty" list that will be included in the NHS60 anniversary supplement, available with our 3 July issue.