Medicine - Health care since 1900 (2)

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What led to the setting up of the NHS in 1948?

  • The increase in who could vote (after women won the vote; 1918) meant the government was more concerned about how poorer people could get health care
  • WW2 - many were shocked by the poverty of some of the evacuees they looked after. War highlighted social inequality, which people wanted to change
  • 1942 - Beveridge Report: disease as 1 of 5 major problems in British society
  • Mid-20th century - accepted that government should involve itself in people's lives
  • The national Emergency Medical Service during WW2 gave free treatment, proving


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