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The National Health Service

Anne Digby

in The Evolution of British General Practice, 1850–1948

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198205135
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676512 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205135.003.0013
The National Health Service

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This chapter discusses the historical role that GPs played in shaping the National Health Service (NHS), and with the reception of the NHS by doctors and their patients. The creation of the NHS led to substantive changes in the hospital sector and in specialist health services. But within general practice the major change was the extension of free-at-the-point-of-access health care to the whole population: to women and children as well as men, to the middle class as well as the working class. The standard of care and social ethos of the new health service was essentially a continuation of the old panel system.

Keywords: general practice; medical practice; general practitioners; health care; public health; National Health Service

Chapter.  8847 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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