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The NHS - The Story so Far (Paperback)

British History P&S History Social History

By Ellen Welch
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Illustrations: 50 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399000819
Published: 30th November 2020


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The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has changed life as we know it and thrust the NHS into the spotlight. A nation in lockdown has adorned windows with rainbows and stepped onto doorsteps every Thursday to celebrate the people who are risking their lives by turning up to work. But as the grim reports of deaths from the disease cumulate, along with stories of insufficient protective equipment for staff, there is hope that the crisis will raise awareness and bring change to the way the NHS and its people are treated.

At midnight on 5 July 1948, the National Health Service was born with the founding principal to be free at the point of use and based on clinical need rather than on a person’s ability to pay. Over seventy years since its formation, these core principals still hold true, but the world has changed. Persistent underfunding has not kept pace with increased demand for healthcare, leading to longer waiting times, staffing shortages and low moral.

This book traces the history of our health service, from Victorian healthcare and the early 20th century, through a timeline of change to the current day, comparing the problems and illnesses of 1948 to those we face today. Politics and funding are demystified and the effects of the pandemic are discussed, alongside personal stories from frontline staff and patients who have experienced our changing NHS.

It's a true testament to the NHS we in England know and love, and anyone can see the author's passion for it. In a time when worry for the future of the NHS runs rampant, Welch and the many contributors to her work reply that our health service is far from broken and, as Bevan supposedly said, will last as long as there are those willing to fight for it.

NetGalley, Sarah Curzon

About Ellen Welch

Ellen Welch is a GP based in Cumbria. She has worked in various roles both within the NHS and around the world over the last 15 years including work as a ski field doctor in New Zealand, an expedition medic in Tanzania and a Cruise ship doctor all over the world. She has won awards at both the BMA and MJA annual awards for her previous publications.

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