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November 3, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;129(10):704-705. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860440052016

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Sept. 29, 1945.

The Socialist Government and the British Medical Association  The socialist government has been sobered by experiencing the responsibilities of office. The speeches of its members are full of the difficulties which confront them on the path to the promised utopia of their election addresses and differ little from the addresses made by members of the late government. This is illustrated in a speech made by Mr. Bevan, the new minister of health, as the guest of the Royal Medico-Chirurgical Association at its annual dinner. Mr. Bevan said that the framing of a national health service was a task of great perplexity and delicacy in which he invited the cooperation of the medical profession. He knew that he had to break down some suspicions, but he was distinctly optimistic and believed that before the end of another year we would have a medical

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