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The NHS under pressure

Patients are nursed on a ward in the new Guy's Hospital building in London in 1961.
Patients are nursed on a ward in the new Guy's Hospital building in London in 1961.
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Architects of the National Health Service (NHS) underestimated the immediate public demand and the consequent costs. By the end of 1948, costs were more than double the predicted costs of £176 million, reaching around £400 million.

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Further reading

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