People's History of the NHS


Debated Regions

Featured in the Pre-NHS Healthcare Reforms gallery.

During the Second World War, the Ministry of Health and the Nuffield Trust worked together to survey the hospital services and needs across the country, leading to debate about where regional boundaries should be drawn.

The National Archive, MH77/14, Letter from the Exeter, Plymouth, Cornwall and Devon Medical Officers of Health to Sir William Douglas of the Ministry of Health, 29 August 1946. Photograph taken by GC Gosling. Reproduced with the permission of The National Archives.

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