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    Some thoughts by ALAN SPENCE from the Clarion “The transcendental authority of England is its people”. A people’s Health Service demands new beginnings. In the light of bitter opposition to Tory plans for the NHS, isn’t it time to look at a co-operative model as an alternative? Those who work within the NHS should be able to manage GP surgeries, hospitals, research and educational units – indeed all areas of the health and care system within an employee-managed network based on co-operation.Co-operation, of course, already exists in the operating theatre, where a team works with dedicated co-ordination as part of […]
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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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    This article has been republished as requested by Dr Tony O’Sullivan, co-chair KONP This is reproduced by kind permission from the wonderful  Municipal Dreams blog.   @MunicipalDreams The pioneers of the Socialist Medical Association started by taking over the health functions of the London County Council, and were deeply committed to the idea of Health Centres ‘Salus populi suprema est lex’. Cicero said it fourteen centuries earlier but Southwark Borough Council translated the phrase into English and bricks and mortar and placed it proudly above the entrance of the new Walworth Clinic opened in 1937. The state, by then, had come […]
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    Undated. probably 1955 General Observations ‘There are now 12 Health Centres in Great Britain. These all provide general practice service in addition to the usual variety of local authority facilities which vary from centre to centre. The smallest number of GPs engaged in any centre is at Darbishire House in Manchester (4 GPS). The largest is at Hestersway at Cheltenham where 23 GPs are employed. There are 6 health centres provided under section 21 of the National Health Service Act 1946, 2 Scottish health centres under the Department of Health for Scotland, and 3 under the Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust. […]
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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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    PARLIAMENTARY LABOUR PARTY Points for the consideration by the Health Group on the National Health Services Bill Doctors will Work from Health Centres only if they wish and not if the Executive Council or Local Authority, providing the Health Centres, so desire. Doctors who use the Health Centres will be in contact with the Local Authorities that provide them only via the Executive Councils. Patients on a doctor’s list can be seen privately for fees by his partner provided the doctors are not working from a Health Centre. But this is not permitted to the doctors of a Health Centre who enter into partnership as “encouraged” […]
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