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September 29, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;129(5):374-375. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860390060018

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Sept. 1, 1945.

The Socialist Government in Conflict with the British Medical Association  In the House of Commons a member of the government, Mr. Greenwood, made an attack on the minister of health of the late government, Mr. Willink, and charged him with opening discussions on the plan for a national health service with the British Medical Association behind the back of every one else. Mr. Willink pointed out that Mr. Tom Johnson, a member of the Labor party, had been associated with him in these discussions. Mr. Greenwood said that the present government would not start where these negotiationshad finished. It must go back to the white paper, and its task would be more difficult because of the unnecessary concessions which Mr. Willink had made. In the House of Lords another member of the government, Lord Addison (formerly a professor of anatomy), said that

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