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Essays on the Welfare State$
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Richard M. Titmuss

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447349518

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447349518.001.0001

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The National Health Service In England

The National Health Service In England

Some facts about general practice

(p.101) 9 The National Health Service In England
Essays on the Welfare State

Richard M. Titmuss

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This chapter considers the various reasons which help to determine whether the record of the Health Service is one of progress and success. Some of the more important ones become explicable only when it is understood how far reaching the effects of the Second World War on the British economy were. The whole fabric of organized medical care, public and private, suffered particularly. Inevitably, the highest priorities in medicine were reserved for the military and civil defence forces. Even as early as June 1943, the standard of medical care available for the civilian population was, in the judgment of the War Cabinet, dangerously low.

Keywords:   Health Service, Second World War, British economy, organized medical care, medicine, civil defence, War Cabinet

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