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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.

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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