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Pre-NHS Healthcare Reforms

It is tempting to think of 1948, when the NHS was introduced, as Year Zero. However, there were a great many efforts to reform health services over the early twentieth century. These included local municipal initiatives, attempts to develop and co-ordinate voluntary hospitals, the social medicine approach of independent community health centres, schemes for the unification of healthcare providers across the mixed economy and temporary wartime programmes. Find out more from our encyclopaedia entry on this topic.

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