Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?
Welcome to our slightly tongue-in-cheek section called Heroes and Villains.
Heroes and Villains
Each month, we take a generally light-hearted look at who have been the stand-out “goodies” and the “baddies” for nursing and healthcare over the last few weeks.
Let us know if you agree with our choices for June and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).
Who else could it be this month other than the founding father of the National Health Service, Aneurin Bevan. As Minister for Health in the post-war Attlee government, the Welsh Labour Party politician and son of a coalminer famously spearheaded the establishment of the NHS on 5 July 1948. It was not an easy ride, as to reach his goal “Nye” Bevan had to overcome opposition from both the Conservative Party and within his own party, as well as from the British Medical Association. Several years later he said: “No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.”
Source: National Crime Agency
A British nurse has been convicted of trafficking five Nigerian women into Germany to work as prostitutes, after subjecting them to voodoo rituals. A court heard that Josephine Iyamu, 51, forced the women to swear oaths to hand over money to her during “juju” ceremonies. The voodoo rituals saw the women forced to eat chicken hearts, drink blood containing worms, and have powder rubbed into cuts, the court heard. Ms Iyamu declared a modest income of around £14,500 in 2016-17 from her work as an NHS agency nurse but investigators found she was able to afford to spend thousands on air travel and a large home in Nigeria.