People's History of the NHS


Dawson Report area diagram

Featured in the Pre-NHS Healthcare Reforms gallery.

One of the first acts of the new Ministry of Health, set up in 1919, was to commission a report from a committee chaired by Lord Dawson on how to organise modern medical services. The report recommended a network of regional and district hospitals and smaller health centres across the country.

Ministry of Health, Interim Report of the Consultative Council on Medical and Allied Services (1920), between pages 6 and 7. Photograph taken by GC Gosling.

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