Submitted by info@whitespace... on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:18
He is appointed by the wartime Coalition government:
“to undertake, with special reference to the inter-relation of the schemes, a survey of the existing national schemes of social insurance and allied services, including workmen's compensation, and to make recommendations.”
The scale of what Beveridge comes up with is totally unexpected – a blueprint for an entire welfare state including a national health service.
Submitted by info@whitespace... on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:17
For the first time – everyone in Britain has free access to a family doctor, prescription drugs, glasses or dentures. Hospitals mostly carry on their normal daily routines – they have patients to care for.
The big difference is in general practices, pharmacies, opticians and dental surgeries coping with a torrent of demand from patients who previously could not afford treatment or essential appliances.
Submitted by info@whitespace... on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:14
Dr Finlay’s Casebook was Cronin’s most famous creation.
But Cronin had just as much influence before the war in shaping public opinion ahead of the NHS. The Citadel depicts incompetence among doctors alongside feats of courage. It retains its narrative appeal to this day.
It draws heavily on Cronin’s time as a doctor in Tredegar at a time when Aneurin Bevan, later to become the architect of the NHS, was also living there. The Citadel was made into a film in 1938 – rated by some as Hollywood’s first venture into gritty social realism.