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May 5, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;128(1):46-47. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860180048017

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)March 31, 1945.

The Scheme for a National Health Service: Negotiations with the Government  A year ago the government put forward proposals for a national health service which have been described in The Journal. The medical profession and particularly the British Medical Association were opposed to them. There was intense dislike of the suggestion that the work should be organized by a lay body and of any infringement of the right of private practice. A committee representing the British Medical Association, the colleges and other medical bodies was appointed for this purpose and since early in January has held nine meetings, of which eight have been attended by members of the Ministry of Health representing the government. The representatives of the profession contended that the national health service should be brought into being by stages, beginning with the development of the hospital and consultant services

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