My aunt Esther Hindley, who has died aged 95, was a nurse who worked before and after the inception of the NHS, of which she was a passionate advocate. She spent the whole of her career at the London hospital (now the Royal London), in the East End of the city, and would recall in great detail the bombing of the hospital during the second world war.
Very protective of her NHS patients, she once got into trouble for complaining when the former prime minister Harold Macmillan was in the hospital recovering from surgery, as one of her night sisters was allocated to him alone, leaving only three between the remaining 600 patients.
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