Doctors' poll on NHS
Catalogue reference: MH 135/785


NOT TO BE PUBLISHED OR BROADCAST IN ANY FORM BEFORE 00.30 HOURS
ON THURSDAY, 19, FEBRUARY, 1948

 

British Medical Association

PLEBISCITE ON THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE ACT

Summary and analysis of replies received up to and including second post on 16, February, 1948


TABLE I

(1)

Reference to Plebiscite Form

(2)

Classification of professional work

(3)

Registered medical practitioners either resident in Great Britain or serving in H.M. Forces at home or overseas
(55,842 plebiscite forms issued)

(4)

Medical practitioners with foreign qualifications resident in Great Britain who are for the time being registered by the General Medical Council
(1,233 plebiscite forms issued)

Class-
ification
No.
England and Wales
Scotland
Total Great Britain
Approve

Dis-
approve

Approve

Dis-
approve

Approve
Dis-
approve
Approve

Dis-
approve

A 1a Consultant or specialist, not holding whole-time salaried post
228
3,655
41
432
269
4,087
4
12
1
  1b. Consultant or specialist, holding whole-time salaried post
339
1,132
73
176
412
1,308
3
4
1b
"I APPROVE of the National Health Service Act, 1946, in its present form." 2. General practitioner, principal
1,207
13,614
206
1,689
1,413
15,303
4
5
2
3. General practitioner, assistant
251
1,958
55
365
306
2,323
25
57
3
4. Whole-time voluntary hospital
393
2,928
74
497
467
3,425
7
5
4
5. Whole-time local authority general hospital
200
1,052
17
119
217
1,171
4
4
5
  6. Whole-time local authority special hospital
147
657
27
156
174
813
13
11
6
"I DISAPPROVE of the National Health Service Act, 1946, in its present form." 7. Whole-time public health service
277
1,683
39
245
316
1,928
9
5
7
8. Whole-time Government service
101
519
26
115
127
634
2
3
8
9. Whole-time teacher
95
313
15
111
110
424
1
2
9
  10. Whole-time research
92
182
12
38
104
220
2
7
10
  11. Other whole-time non-Government post
46
354
7
59
53
413
-
3
11
  12. Medically qualified dental surgeon
9
246
3
61
12
307
3
4
12
  13. Retired
148
3,355
28
524
176
3,879
1
-
13
  14. Unclassified
266
1,946
57
353
323
2,299
15
16
14
  15. Services, permanent commission
47
779
1
1
15
  16. Services, temporary commission, specialist
31
169
5
3
16
  17. Services, temporary commission, graded specialist
41
268
1
1
17
  18. Services, temporary commission, general duty officer
137
1,064
17
5
18
 
Totals
3,799
33,594
680
4,940
4,735
40,814
117
148

 

TABLE II

B  
In Favour
Not in Favour
In Favour
Not in Favour
In Favour
Not in Favour
In Favour
Not in Favour
 
"I AM IN FAVOUR of accepting service under the Act in its present form" 1a. Consultant or specialist, not holding whole-time salaried post
340
3,571
66
404
406
3,975
6
11
1a
1b. Consultant or specialist, holding whole-time salaried post
473
946
92
148
565
1,094
3
3
1b
  2. General practitioner, principal
1,784
13,204
301
1,610
2,085
14,814
2
4
2
"I AM NOT IN FAVOUR of accepting service under the Act in its present form." 3. General practitioner, assistant
344
1,870
71
353
415
2,223
26
49
3
4. Whole-time voluntary hospital
522
2,767
91
467
613
3,234
7
5
4
 
Totals
3,463
22,358
621
2,982
4,084
25,340
44
72

 

TABLE III

C  
Do Not Agree
Agree
Do Not Agree
Agree
Do Not Agree
Agree
Do Not Agree
Agree
 
"I AGREE to abide by the decision of the majority and undertake not to enter the service if the answers to part B reveal a majority against undertaking service as defined in para. 4 of preamble and if so advised by the British Medical Association." 1a. Consultant or specialist, not holding whole-time salaried post
406
3,406
67
387
473
3,793
3
12
1a
1b. Consultant or specialist, holding whole-time salaried post
518
808
97
137
615
945
1
5
1b
2. General practitioner, principal
1,887
12,671
351
1,506
2,238
14,177
1
7
2
3. General practitioner, assistant
369
1,778
83
326
452
2,104
12
59
3
4. Whole-time voluntary hospital
600
2,611
116
436
716
3,047
5
7
4
"I DO NOT AGREE to abide by the decision of the majority if it is against accepting service as defined in para. 4 of preamble."
Totals
3,780
21,274
714
2,792
4,494
24,066
22
90


The work carried out by staff of the British Medical Association for the purpose of obtaining a plebiscite of the medical profession on the matters set out in column (1) of the above Tables was directed and supervised by our representatives continuously from its start on 27, January until 17, February, 1948. The completed plebiscite forms received during that period were examined only by our representatives and by staff of the Association working under our supervision and under pledge of secrecy and were retained under our control from the time of their receipt at B.M.A. House until their destruction in the presence of our representative on 17, February, 1948.

We satisfied ourselves by appropriate tests:
(1) that all reasonable steps were taken to furnish a plebiscite form to every registered medical practitioner either resident in Great Britain (but not Northern Ireland ) or serving in H.M. Forces at home or overseas and to every medical practitioner with foreign qualifications resident in Great Britain who was for the time being registered by the General Medical Council;
(2) that the figures set out in the foregoing Tables I, II, and III are a correct summary and analysis of the replies received at B.M.A. House up to and including the second post on Monday, 16, February, 1948.

 


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