People's History of the NHS


Call the Midwife

A new BBC television series ‘Call the Midwife’ launched in 2012. With further series in 2013, 2014, and 2015, 'Call the Midwife' has proved hugely successful. It centred on the drama of giving birth in the early days of the NHS, before the days of hospitals becoming central. Its popularity raises interesting questions about the way that our feelings about the NHS have changed over the time.


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2 thoughts on “Call the Midwife

  1. I think Call the Midwife is underrated as a contributor to the history of the NHS. So many comments (baby would’ve died, you don’t have to pay now) show the rapid benefits it brought, which we tend to forget. It also shows the social medicine / community health aspect, looking beyond illness to preventative measures, living conditions, social networks. I love it.

    1. I think the popularity of CtM (and lots of other TV programmes about the NHS) is a real testament to the importance of the NHS to popular culture in Britain. We love stories about the NHS because they’re basically about our own lives at their most dramatic moments!

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