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January 20, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;127(3):177-178. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860030049018

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Dec. 16, 1944.

The British Medical Association and the Government Health Service  The annual representative meeting of the British Medical Association is described by the British Medical Journal as one of the most momentous in its history. For four days nearly 270 representatives from all parts of the British Isles discussed the government's White Paper for a comprehensive medical service for the whole population. Three hundred and seventy separate motions were debated. These all consisted of objections to various proposals in the White Paper, and in general they were carried. But those which involved rejection of the whole scheme were not carried; it was decided instead to negotiate with the government. The negotiators were to press for the best service which could be established. A comprehensive medical service should be available to all who need it, the sense of the resolutions held, but it is

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