The British National Health Service: State Intervention in the Medical Marketplace, 1911-1948, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The British National Health Service

State Intervention in the Medical Marketplace, 1911-1948, 1st Edition

By Sharon Schildein Grimes


251 pages

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First published in 1991, this book charts the inception of the British National Health Service from 1911 to 1948. It pays specific attention to the struggle of doctors to achieve work control in the medical marketplace during this turbulent time. With particular focus on the medical profession, it discusses key themes such as restrictions to the inception of the Health Service under David Lloyd George’s government and the relationship between the Beveridge report and the National Health Service Act in 1946. In its final analysis, the book asks what, if any, gains were made by the medical profession in the creation of Labour’s crowning achievement.

This book will be of interest to those studying the history of the British welfare state, social welfare and healthcare.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The National Health Act of 1911: The Confrontation with State Intervention 2. Inertia Through Positive Development: The Triumph of Extension over Unification 3. The Beveridge Report: Reform Fever 4. The White Paper on a National Health Service: A Pyrrhic Victory? 5. The 1945 General Election: Broken Electoral Promises 6. Oysters and Olive Branches 7. Revolution and Resolution; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The History of Social Welfare

This set of 25 volumes, originally published between 1805 and 1992, amalgamates original nineteenth-century material and more recent research and analysis on the development of social welfare in Britain and Europe. From Elizabethan poor relief, through the Poor Laws of the nineteenth-century, to the establishment of the British National Health Service in the mid twentieth-century, this set provides a comprehensive overview of the germination and establishment of modern social welfare. Although the set mainly focuses on social welfare in Britain, it also contains some work on welfare in Europe.

This set will be of keen interest to those studying the history of social welfare, social policy, poverty and class.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Social History