The National Health Service Act was popular with the public -
but as this survey shows, most doctors were against the proposals.
They did not want to lose their independence and become state employees.
Aneurin Bevan, the Health Minister, had to compromise by allowing
private practice to continue and agreeing to pay GPs according to
the number of patients they saw. This ensured that 90% of doctors
voluntarily enrolled for the new scheme.
Catalogue reference: MH 135/785 (17 February 1948)
Reproduced with kind permission of the British Medical Association