March 26, 1948, Public Assistance Journal and Health & Hospital Review

Mr Aneurin Bevan, minister of health had recently addressed the annual meeting of theInstituteofAlmoners.

Mr Bevan said that it was now “accepted that it was not possible to treat the patient independently of his social background. ‘Social medicine’ – an awkward phrase – had arisen. It was now understood – though not always to the full extent – that the patient must not be regarded as having left his society behind him when he entered hospital.”

As such, the almoner would have to become concerned not with the financial situation of the patient, but with their domestic situation. Mr Bevan added that it was regrettable that a current shortage of material meant health centres would not be developed as quickly as would be liked; the more ambitious programme would have to wait while resources went upon some improvements and nurses’ hostels be put up where they could.