Aneurin Bevan’s famous words that “if a hospital bedpan is dropped in a hospital corridor in Tredegar, the reverberations should echo around Whitehall” has been interpreted a number of ways by those working in and leading the NHS. Does it mean that we should have a target for reducing dropped bedpans? Or that the Westminster Government should take direct responsibility for and control over every tiny detail of care provided in the NHS? Or was he saying something more general about accountability for services in the NHS?
Well, times move on!