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The NHS at 50

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7150.0 (Published 04 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:0

“How is the NHS doing?” somebody asked me in Kenya last week. It's a question I dread. “Well,” I start, “it all depends whom you ask….” This BMJ to mark 50 years of the NHS shows that questions on what it has done and where it is going are no easier to answer—but we have lots of views, many full of passion (p 9).

Aneurin Bevan, who created the NHS, said that Britain was doing “the most civilised thing in the world,” putting “the welfare of the sick in front of every consideration.” Julian Tudor Hart …

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