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December 29, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;129(18):1280-1282. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860520048016

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Abstract

LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Nov. 25, 1945.

The Socialist Government and the Medical Profession  The intransigent attitude of the socialist government toward the efforts of its predecessor to come to an agreement with the representatives of the medical profession on the projected national health service seems to be considerably modified. Having made political capital out of the negotiations by denouncing them as "a surrender to the doctors," the present government is now following the same path. By direction of the council of the British Medical Association the secretary, Dr. Charles Hill, wrote to the minister of health, Mr. Bevan, expressing the desire that the representatives of the medical profession should be fully consulted before legislation for a national health service was introduced. Mr. Bevan replied that he would be happy to meet the negotiating committee of the profession before the government finally decides what proposals it will submit to

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