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Creation of the National Health Service

Checking orders for new spectacles.
Demand for glasses soared as spectacles became available on the new NHS.
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The inauguration of the National Health Service (NHS) under the Labour government in 1948 was preceded by various plans for a health service during the war years.

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Further reading

  • Webster, C., The National Health Service: A Political History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998)

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