People's History of the NHS

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Representation: Who gets a say in the NHS?

The question of who gets a say in how the health service is run was a controversial question from its foundation. Should staff be allowed to help decide the NHS’ priorities? How should patients’ views be treated? What weight should the opinions of local and national government have? What about citizens? In setting up the service the 1945 Labour Government

Scotland and the National Health Service

Guest encyclopaedia entry by Professor John Stewart. Pictured: Lord (John) Boyd Orr of Brechin (1880-1971).   The National Health Service (NHS) is often, and quite rightly, cited as one of the institutions which make people most proud to be British. Nonetheless within the United Kingdom there is not one NHS, but rather three. When the post-war Labour government was building the welfare

Birth Control and the Contraceptive Pill on the NHS

On the 4th of December 1961, Enoch Powell, then Minister for Health, confirmed in the House of Commons that ‘birth control pills’, as he called them, could be prescribed on the NHS. Now in its sixth decade, the availability of the contraceptive pill on the National Health Service has become an expected and central element of state-sponsored birth control. Yet,

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Survey: Gift-giving in the NHS

As we launch our new survey on gift-giving in the NHS, we take a look at the many meanings gifts can carry and why they might be important to look at in the history of the NHS. My colleague Natalie pointed me to a story in Jennie Lee's My Life with Nye. Although she was a forceful socialist politician in her own right,

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NHS Roadshow in Manchester

Last week the NHS History team visited the People’s History Museum in Manchester, as you can see the photos below. We spent the afternoon running a drop-in NHS Roadshow where people came to share their memories and objects and to ask us questions, before one of the museum’s Radicals Assemble evenings saw three of our researchers give short talks as well as

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Do you have any funny stories about the NHS?

We want to know your funny memories, how they made you feel, and why THAT moment sticks in your mind today! Good or bad, vivid or hazy, tell us all about your memory, or share a picture or object with us. And of course, we still want to hear all your stories, on this topic or others.

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