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November 30, 1935

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1935;105(22):1781-1789. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760480051018

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Nov. 2, 1935.

Further Development of the Social Medical Program  In the competition for votes at the general election, which is now proceeding, each party dilates on the benefits it is prepared to confer on the country if returned to power. One of these is extension of the public health service. In an election speech Sir Kingsley Wood, minister of health in the late government, said that development of the social services formed one of the most important parts of the government's election program. What was needed was a comprehensive plan for the development of the public services as a whole, with two main objects—protection of the community from unhealthy surroundings and complete provision for every individual of such personal services as might be needed at the various stages of life. In short, the policy was to provide decent conditions and the health to enjoy

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