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A discussion document prepared by a sub-committee for the S.M.A. Central Council Published by The Socialist Medical Association 13 Prince of Wales Terrace, London, W.8 6d. It is not necessary to be a socialist to realise that the National Health Service is being strangulated by lack of money. A vast sum is required to develop its potential into a service capable of utilising the increasing possibilities of modem techniques and discoveries for the treatment and prevention of disease. Money is required to train sufficient doctors, nurses, technical and administrative staff; to build and equip hospitals and health centres; to launch an […]
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THE FRONT COVER DESIGN is from the bronze statue by GIULIO MONTEVERDE “JENNER’S FIRST VACCINATION, MAY 16TH, 1796” in the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, London. . . . from The President of the SMA DR. DAVID STARK MURRAY, B.Sc., M.B. Ch.B. IN its quarter century of life the Socialist Medical Association has seen the realisa­tion at least in part, of some of its principal aims. In sending my greetings to the readers of this brochure on the occasion of the SMA’s 25th birthday, may I remind you all that the good beginnings of the National Health Service have yet to be […]
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Script for Socialist Medical  Association Health Exhibition, February 1946 (Three main themes are to be developed, with the second divided into three sections of which the second, on Health Centres should occupy the greatest proportion of space) The scheme is therefore:- 1,     Health depends on environment. 2,     A Health Service is required now and probably always will be; it necessitates (a) a Hospital Service. (b) a General Practitioner or Home doctor service of which the key-note must be the Health Service, (c) the education of the public in the meaning, preservation and promotion of health. The service must be a complete integration […]
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NOTES FOR DISCUSSION GROUPS ON NATIONAL SERVICE FOR HEALTH Introductory Note The Labour Party’s Policy is contained in the official pamphlet, National Service for Health (price 2d). It is set out clearly in chapters with appropriate cross-headings and sub-headings, and is presented in a form that will be found convenient for study and discussion by Local Groups. The object of these Discussion Notes is to stress main principles, call attention to special points, and provide additional factual matter. They should be taken in conjunction with the pamphlet. CHAPTER I (Pages 2, 3, 4) WHAT MEDICAL SERVICES DO WE NEED? The health of […]
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Do we need a State Medical Service?  If so, on what lines should it be planned? This pamphlet summarises the Labour Party’s answers to these two questions, which concern everyone in the land. PART I IS A STATE MEDICAL SERVICE NEEDED? Before answering the first question, we must decide what we require of the Health and Medical Services in general. (See Chapter I.) We must know, broadly, what the existing Medical Service is like. (See Chapter II.) We can then judge whether the Service, on its present basis, is likely to meet the need, or whether a State Medical Service is essential. […]
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This was first published in 1942 as part of Stark Murray’s book  Health for All. It still seems relevant to discussions about how services might be integrated today. It has already been suggested, in previous pages, that an essential feature for the medical service of the future will be a building and organization known as a “Health Centre”. There are already in various parts of the country Health Centres set up and run by local Authorities. A few of these such as that at Finsbury, are very modern buildings beautifully equipped for their work, which is mainly concerned with such […]
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