People's History of the NHS

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NHS Glasses

A guest post by Katy Canales, Acting Curator, V&A Museum of Childhood 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (NHS). It emerged out of the devastation of Second World War and helped unify the country, offering for the first time much–needed free healthcare for all, as Harry Leslie Smith attests: Growing up in Britain before the NHS, when one’s

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

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People’s History of the NHS – The Documentary!

For the last five months, the People’s History of the NHS team have been working with the production company 7Wonder to create a new three-part series for BBC Four, The People’s History of the NHS.  It has been an amazing experience to step behind the TV production curtain into the new world of reading script structures and to think about

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Surveying the NHS, by Eve McKeown

We are delighted to have a guest post from Eve McKeown, a first-year undergraduate in the History Department at the University of Warwick, who has been working with Jenny Crane to talk about surveys, age, generation, and beliefs in the NHS.  It’s really interesting and useful for us to hear Eve’s views on how age, further broken down by student-status

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