A year of anniversaries and happenings

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 03 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:0

And so into a year of anniversaries. Britain's National Health Service will be 50 years old on 5 July 1998. The BMJ plans to cast a critical and international eye over the achievements and failures of the NHS in a theme issue, but during the year we will publish short extracts from the BMJ of 1948. Every issue of that year contained pages and pages on the birth pangs of the NHS. Gordon Macpherson describes how the year began with 90% of doctors responding to a plebiscite opposing joining the NHS on the government's terms (p 6 …

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