Prime minister Tony Blair at Trafford General Hospital, which as Park Hospital was the site from which Aneurin Bevan launched the NHS 50 years ago. The hospital keeps an extensive archive from the period and is still in contact with many of the original patients and staff.

Mr Blair is pictured with Peter Homa, who, he announced during the visit last week, is to be the government's new 'list buster' to tackle hospital waiting lists.