The NHS Long Term Plan, prevention, and a century of promises

Later this month, I’ll start teaching a new module as part of new MA in Twentieth-Century Britain at the University of Wolverhampton. My module, focusing on citizenship and the welfare state, will have a strong focus on bringing together history and policy. So I thought it only right that I should practice what I preach and not let the launch of the NHS Long Term Plan go by without some historically-informed comment.

You can find my thoughts on the absence of health centres from the plan to shift focus from hospital treatment to prevention, over at the Our NHS section of openDemocracy.


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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