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May 15, 1954


JAMA. 1954;155(3):299-301. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690210077018

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Royal College of Physicians Criticizes National Health Service.  —The Guillebaud Committee was recently appointed to inquire into the mounting cost of the National Health Service, which now stands at about £500,000,000 ($1,400,000,000) annually. The committee obtained the views of the Royal College of Physicians. Far from telling the committee how to save money, the college doubts that an efficient service can be run on $1,400,000,000 annually. It states that far more than this would be needed if many of the existing hospitals were modernized and efficiently equipped and more were done for the mental hospitals and institutions for mentally ill persons. In the opinion of the college, the standard of provision for the mentally sick and mentally deficient is far below the standard of other social provisions and a dangerous situation is arising in which the supply of nurses to care for mental patients is beginning to disappear. This can

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