This week the British National Health Service will turn 70. The NHS came into being on the ‘appointed day’ of 5 July 1948 – three years to the day after Labour’s surprise election victory under Clement Attlee.
You’ll find me sharing my thoughts on the history of the NHS and what it replaced in a number of places over the week, including the BBC History Magazine online and various local papers and radio stations.
BBC History Magazine: Paying for healthcare: life in Britain before the ‘free’ NHS – feature for the magazine’s History Extra website
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire: Breakfast Show with Trish Adudu (starts at 1hr 8mins).
Manchester Evening News: A health check for a national treasure – interviewed on the history of the NHS.
Social History Exchange: NHS 70: Before 1948 – discussing the political implications of working on the history of British healthcare before the NHS.
WLV blog: The significance of the NHS – some thoughts for the University of Wolverhampton blog on the arrival of the NHS and the difference it made.
If you’d like to read more about the history and pre-history of the NHS, here are some open access (no paywall) academic publications of mine that might be of interest:
GC Gosling, Payment and Philanthropy in British Healthcare, 1918-48 (Manchester University Press, 2017) e-book
GC Gosling, Gender, Money and Professional Identity: Medical Social Work and the Coming of the British National Health Service, Women’s History Review, vol. 27, no. 2 (2018), pp. 310-328
GC Gosling and DS Lucey, Paying for Health: Comparative Perspectives on Patient Payment & Contributions for Hospital Provision in Ireland in Donnacha Seán Lucey and Virginia Crossman (eds) Healthcare in Ireland and Britain from 1850: Voluntary, Regional and Comparative Perspectives (London: IHR, 2015), pp. 81-100
GC Gosling, “Open the Other Eye”: Payment, Civic Duty and Hospital Contributory Schemes in Bristol, c.1927-48, Medical History, vol. 54, no. 4 (2010), pp. 475-494
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