People's History of the NHS

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Saving the NHS: Activism Over Time

Since the start of the NHS, multiple types of activism have sought to protect, save, change, or shape the Service.  The British Medical Association’s early opposition to the NHS has been well-documented, but other trade unions and professional bodies also surveyed their members’ views and lobbied for change, including the Medical Practitioners Union and the Socialist Health Association.  Other members

Politician Patients

Returning from a summer holiday in Ireland in August 1948, Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital Paddington to be treated for eczema of the foot. The condition was perhaps brought on by seasonal allergy or stress (it’s interesting how many of the Labour cabinet would fall ill after the pressures of war and now creating

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

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Edinburgh Roadshow, 8 January 2018

The People’s History of the NHS project joined forces with Edinburgh Central Library and the Lothian Health Archives for our first roadshow in Scotland.  The project brought some of our own objects – historic pamphlets, badges, glasses, stickers, surveys – to jog some memories, and sent out a call for members of the public to bring their own potential contributions

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Joe Harrison on what the NHS means

We are delighted to share with you the above reflections by Joe Harrison, the CEO of Milton Keynes Hospital.  Of the quote, he says … “As part of my week curating @NHS I wrote a few paragraphs on what I think the NHS means to us all on January 13th. It was a chance to pause and reflect on the

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