People's History of the NHS

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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

Organ Donation, a cultural history

The funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2016, as chosen by a panel of critics for Dave TV channel, was, ‘My dad suggested I register for a donor card, he’s a man after my own heart’ (told by Masai Graham). The first week of September is Organ Donation Week, an annual drive organised by NHS Blood and Transplant to

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1948: The coming of a “free” health service

69 years ago this week, the NHS was born. Monday 5 July 1948 was the 'appointed day' on which of whole raft of Labour's postwar social reforms came into force. This included reforms of social security, pensions and, most famously, the establishment of the National Health Service. It was a major change for the British people, and especially for the nation's

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What can we learn from the (often gruesome) history of food in hospitals and prisons …

This is an article by Margaret Charleroy from the Prisoners, Medical Care, and Entitlement to Health team and Jenny Crane from the People’s History of the NHS team (both University of Warwick).  It is an output from a recent conference organised about diet in institutions of care, the details of which are here.  The article was originally published on The Conversation (read the original article here), and

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