People's History of the NHS


‘The Doctor Can’t See You Now’

This poster, from Labour's 2015 national election campaign, consciously reminds readers of earlier Conservative posters, including the well-remembered 'Labour isn't working' poster of the first Thatcher campaign, but also the less familiar but even more similar 'Britain isn't getting better' poster of the same period. Interestingly, there is no evidence that this poster ever appeared in a physical format; it's best know as a digital image spread via social media.


2 thoughts on “‘The Doctor Can’t See You Now’

  1. I work for the Scottish Government Modern Outpatient Programme (retired Orthopaedic surgeon). We would like to use the image of the queue in “the doctor can’t see you now” poster. Is this image copyright protected? Many thanks for your help.
    Lech Rymaszewski

    1. Hi Lech,
      This was a Labour party political poster in 2015/6, and they will hold the copyright for it. Good luck!
      All the best,
      NHS People’s History

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