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Our NHS: A celebration of 50 years

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7153.289 (Published 25 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:289
  1. James E Sabin
  1. codirector, Center for Ethics and Managed Care, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

    Ed Gordon Macpherson

    BMJ Books, £25, pp 227

    ISBN 0 7279 1279 8

    As an interested and largely admiring observer of the NHS, I have been perplexed by two aspects of its history. First, why are there so many audits, commissions, committees, green papers, inquiries, plans, reorganisations, reports, and white papers? Second, why is this national treasure enveloped in what Enoch Powell described in the 1960s as a “continual, deafening chorus of complaint which rises day and night from every part”? Our NHS: A celebration of 50 years, an engrossing collection of …

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