National Health Service History
From Cradle to Grave - the first 60 years of the NHS
This is the most substantial account of the NHS since its inception - what has happened from 1948 on and why, rather than what people think will happen. A reviewer described it as "an epic story full of drama, tragedy, intrigue and many instances of humour." Devolution has created major differences between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the latter three countries are not specifically considered; neither do I stray into social services, dentistry or research. . My first book on the London Hospital System which starts in 1823 covers steps leading to the creation of the NHS better. The original hard copy published version covers the first 50 years but the web version continues to the present date, the text is updated at least weekly and is used nationally and internationally as a teaching resource by degree programmes in health sciences. The website is archived by the UK Web Archive (by managed by the British Library/Wellcome).
Internet has the advantage that it is possible to link references to key papers and reports, for example the Cogwheel report of 1967. Some are on this server, others are external. Sadly people frequently delete reports or change the web addresses.
Now 12 years old, the book is hard to obtain, but try Amazon or Abebooks, ISBN 1 85717 148 9 or you may be able to borrow it from your library. If you want a copy of the website as a CD Rom email me - it will cost £12. The CD Rom also includes my first book on the London Hospital System, now out of print. It is also now possible to self-publish books using Kindle, and as this format is increasingly popular, I am experimenting with it. I have produced a Kindle edition of the Development of the London Hospital System, but I am still learning the system, have not got the illustrations to display yet, and indexing is primitive. A better version may be published in due course and the web version is currently preferable.
|Recent additions include||Site contents||Geoffrey Rivett's earlier book|
New structure of the NHS - 1 April 2013
Francis Report on Staffordshire & DH response
Labour's plan to hand most NHS money to Councils
Never Again? - Nick Timmins' on NHS Reform
Nuffield Trust NHS Timeline
New organisational structures, Local Area Groups
South London Healthcare Trust in administration
Reduction in medical student intake
King's Fund report on London
Updated financial note (Parliamentary)
NHS London SaFE Report on trust financial problems
|The inheritance of the NHS in 1948 and the events from 1948 by decade
a summary of the past decades
a simple guide to the NHS (recently revised)and a link to BBC Archives on the NHS
a list of CMOs & Ministers pre and post 1948
earlier (for the UK) and later (for England) periods - see Parliamentary briefing)
|The Development of the London Hospital System 1823-1982 deals with the emergence of system among the disparate hospitals of London and the steps in the establishment of the NHS (from a London perspective). The text is now on Kindle, but the Kindle edition is not yet as good as I would like it.|
New organisations (e.g. the Care Quality Commission) may remove all traces of its predecessors website - including references. Even the BMA and the Department of Health will remove key documents, and following the 2010 election the DH website has been archived affecting some links. On the positive side with the advent of continuous publishing the key source is now the web, not paper. The BMJ & the Lancet are available back to the middle of the 19th Century and see also www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov. For official documents My Click use licence from OPSI is number C2008001265
Declaration of interest: I create, design and manage this site. It receives no financial support from any quarter, and I am retired and neither in employment nor act in any consultant capacity. I welcome feedback.