Fifty years ago: The new NHS: Consultants and the Act See editorial by Macpherson

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 03 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:g

Such is the confusion of minds and of tongues in the consultant and hospital world that there is unlikely to be any effective challenge to the proposed transfer on July 5, 1948, of the hospitals of Great Britain into the ownership of the State. The implications of this revolutionary step will become more and more visible as the months and the years pass. While many consultants and specialists may accept this as an inevitable step, and some may accept it as a desirable step, we believe that the majority are still opposed to a State Medical Service. In the last plebiscite more than 50% of consultants and specialists voting voted against negotiations with the Minister under the present Act. (BMJ 1948;i:17)