Papers of Sir Anthony Alment

Scope and Content

Five mounted black and white pen and ink drawings by Sir Anthony Alment concerning the controversies surrounding the establishment of the National Health Service by the Minister of Health, Aneurin Bevan, and the views of the medical profession, and including a drawing celebrating a speech by Sir Winston Churchill in February 1941.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Anthony John Alment, known as Tony, was born in 1922, the son of a Watford GP. He was educated at Marlborough College and trained at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, qualifying in 1945. After posts in London, at St Bartholomew’s and Queen Charlotte’s Hospitals, and a spell of National Service in the RAF, he was appointed to Northampton and Kettering General Hospitals in 1960, where he remained as consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist until 1985. In the 1970s he was known for his recognition of the importance of feminist ideas about women’s health, and was an advocate of the establishment of special abortion clinics. He was also interested and involved in healthcare organization and management. He joined the Oxford Regional Health Authority in 1969, serving until 1976. In 1976 he chaired the Inquiry into Competence to Practice and also served as a member of the Maternity Services Advisory Committee and the CASPE research project into clinical budgeting. He was knighted in 1980. Sir Anthony served as Honorary Secretary of the RCOG from 1968-1973, as President from 1978-1981 and as Honorary Cellarer from 1983-1990. He died in March 2002

Access Information

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Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Penny Hutchins, Archivist in January 2014

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is vested in the estate of Sir Anthony Alment.

Reproductions are available at the discretion of the College Archivist.

Custodial History

Donated to the RCOG Archive by Sir Anthony Alment’s widow, Elizabeth in April 2006.