Cyril Taylor

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Dr Cyril Taylor (born 9 March 1921; died 11 December 2000) (not to be confused with Sir Cyril Julian Hebden Taylor) was a GP and politician in Liverpool.

He was born in New Brighton to orthodox Jewish parents. The family changed their name from Zadesky to reflect his father's profession. He went to Wallasey Grammar School, where he was active in the Federation of Zionist Youth and later joined the Communist Party of Great Britain.

He studied medicine at Liverpool University. He worked at the medical receiving centre at Alder Hey Hospital which received casualties from the evacuation of Dunkirk.[1] During his national service he became major in charge of the British hospital in Khartoum.

In 1946, he was one of a delegation of doctors from the Socialist Medical Association who met Nye Bevan and urged him to resist the demands of the medical establishment.

In 1949 he was appointed medical officer with the Liverpool Shipping Federation but was sacked because of his politics. He then set up as a general practitioner in his home in Sefton Drive, Liverpool. He became an active member of the Hospital and Welfare Services Union and later the Confederation of Health Service Employees[2]. He stood for election to the City Council as a Communist in 1949 and was reprimanded by COHSE for referring to his membership in his election literature. He left the Communist Party in 1956.[3] He played for Sefton Rugby Club until he was 40.

He was an elected member of Liverpool City Council from 1966 and became chair of the social services committee.[4] He helped to establish the Centre 56 Women & Children's Aid Centre in 1973.[5] He was appointed a member of the Royal Commission on the National Health Service in 1975.

He pioneered the concept of NHS Health Centres and was instrumental in establishing the Princes Park health centre[6], in Toxteth in 1977.[7]Beryl Bainbridge[8], Fritz Spiegl,[9] Alexei Sayle and Adrian Henri were his patients there. Henri produced a poem and a portrait of him as a tennis player.[10]

He was President of the Socialist Health Association from 1980 to 1989.


  • Is your GP really necessary? [11]
  • Charter for Health [12]


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  2. ^ Carpenter, Mick (1988). Working for health. London: Lawrence & Wishary. p. 236. ISBN 0853156824. 
  3. ^ "Taylor Cyril Dr". Graham Stevenson. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Medical News" (PDF). British Journal of General Practice. 1975. p. 348. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "History". Centre 56. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Hart, Julian Tudor (1988). A New Kind of Doctor. Merlin Press Ltd. ISBN 0 85036 299 7. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  7. ^ Clwyd, Ann (8 January 2001). "Cyril Taylor". Guardian. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  8. ^ King, Brendan (2016). Beryl Bainbridge: Love by All Sorts of Means: A Biography. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 195. ISBN 1472908554. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  9. ^ Spiegl, Fritz (1996). Fritz Spiegl's Sick Notes: An Alphabetical Browsing-Book of Derivatives, Abbreviations, Mnemonics and Slang for Amusement and Edification of Medics, Nurses, Patients and Hypochondriacs. CRC Press. ISBN 1850706271. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "Dr Cyril Taylor 1921-2000 President of the SHA". Socialist Health Association. 5 March 2000. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  11. ^ Is your GP really necessary?. Lawrence and Wishart. 1965. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  12. ^ "Charter for Health". Socialist Health Association. 1984. Retrieved 10 July 2017.