People's History of the NHS

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National Babies

In 2015 the National Childbirth Trust had over 100,000 parents attend their ante and postnatal courses. With the help of over 15,000 volunteers the NCT currently campaign to improve maternity care and give every parent the chance to make informed choices about their child. The NCT has grown significantly in size and influence since its formation in 1956. It was

Wigs

Famously, the new National Health Service of 1948 provided the British people with free spectacles and dentures according to need. The huge demand that ensued has come to be seen as a symbol of the transformative nature of the new service. Less well known is that the NHS also set about providing free wigs. It is interesting that these wigs,

Petitions and the NHS

On 27th February 2017, the Government debated an e-petition which had received 117,344 signatures through the Parliamentary website.  The petition noted that there are 193 attacks on NHS staff per day in England, and called for it to become a specific offence to attack a member of NHS staff, in line with legislation specifically prohibiting violence against police officers.  Following

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An efficient, productive NHS?

One of the most long-standing public policy discussions about the National Health Service revolves around efficiency: its efficiency as a health system and the efficiency of its employees. As early as 1951 officials at the Ministry of Health began assuming the service was over-staffed, circulating a memorandum that year instructing Regional Health Boards to reduce headcount by five per cent

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Understanding the NHS Over Time: Archives, Voices, Policy

How can we uncover the experiences of patients and staff in the NHS over time?  What are the roles of archives, interviews, and conversations – in person and online – in this?  Can we then use these experiences to inform policy and practice in the NHS?  The King’s Fund Information and Knowledge Services and the People’s History of the NHS are delighted to

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