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Did we really want a National Health Service?

21 August 2012

On the OUPblog, Nick Hayes writes on the public opinion of the National Health Service before it was created.

"But what do we really know, rather than think we know, about what ordinary people thought about hospitals before the NHS? Was there a strong demand for state nationalised medicine? Or were people generally satisfied with an already rapidly expanding but essentially localised service administered by voluntary hospitals, underpinned by a robust system of broadly based community fundraising activities and 2d per week mutualist contributory funds, and council-controlled public hospitals?"

To read the article click here
To read the original research published in the English Historical Reviewclick here