The doctors' case

Detailed reasons for doctors' opposition to the terms proposed for the National Health Service were spelled out in a pamphlet produced by the British Medical Association. The pamphlet asserts that the 'absolute dependability of the doctor is as important to the country as that of the judge'. The Labour newspaper Tribune had, with some justification, characterised the medical profession as 'reactionary'. Here the doctors stress that they 'want a comprehensive health service as much as anybody', and only object to 'a few parts' of the Act.
Catalogue reference: MH 135/785 (17 February 1948)


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