NHS at 70: Looking Back

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 …

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1948: The coming of a ‘free’ health service

My latest blog post for the People’s History of the NHS website marks the anniversary of the creation of the British NHS on 5 July 1948. It looks at the contribution of the arrival of a 'free' health service to an era of optimism and uncertainty for health workers, including my own pet subject: medical social workers. …