Care of the Sick c1900- 1948

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Care of the Sick c19001948

The early 20th century

At the start of the 20th century it was still the woman in the family who were mainly
responsible for treating the illnesses and caring for the sick this was because the
doctors had to be paid for treatment and many…

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Improving the access to health care

o By 1900, most cities had built infirmaries, fever houses and asylums to
care for the poor.
o There were also local cottage hospitals and specialised sanatoriums,
although most of these depended on charity for their funding.
o 1907: health visitors were introduced to…

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o By 1900 doctors had to have a university medical degree and to be
accepted by the General Medical Council. They would have carried out
dissections while training and have accompanied a doctor working on the
hospital wards.
o Increasingly, doctors chose to become either a General Practitioner, who

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The creation of the NHS

Reasons for the NHS being set up

o The government had become increasingly concerned about the
inequalities of health care in the early 20th century, especially once
women got the vote in 1918.
o The bombing raids in the Second Wold War (19391945) produced many…

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The National Health service in 1948

Taxes were used to pay for a wide range of care offered to people, including :

o The right to see a GP and to be referred to hospital
o Treatment by dentists and opticians
o Health care for pregnant women and young children…

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o Treatment is more complex and equipment more expensive with new
technology such as MRI scans.
o Staff costs are high because of increased training for doctors and nurses,
increased wages for highly trained staff, and nursing care while patients
recover from treatment.

Long waiting lists for treatment developed in…

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Training now takes about seven years including:
o Taking a university degree
o Spending time in hospitals, gaining experience in a range of areas and
gradually taking more responsibility
o Becoming a GP or working with a consultant in a hospital and developing
specialist area.

As research provides…


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