Birth of the National Health Service | The early history of the NHS
On 5 July 1948, the National Health Service was launched with the proud expectation that it would make the UK the 'envy of the world'.
Here you can follow the early years of the NHS from radical plan through to triumphant birth and on to fully fledged but sometimes problematic service.
Through programmes, documents and images taken from the BBC's archives you can witness for yourself a time before the NHS existed, the disputes surrounding its inception and the difficulties it faced in the early years.
Did the Brains want an NHS in 1942?
Beveridge outlines his proposals for a new welfare state.
Two doctors debate the pros and cons of joining a National Health Service.
A Party Political Broadcast on the advantages of the new National Health Service.
Prime Minister Clement Attlee introduces and explains the new Social Services.
One year after its introduction, the founder speaks on the Health Service.
'A new life has begun; a new person has joined us...'
GPs threaten to withdraw from the NHS.
Ten years after it started, is the NHS looking healthy?
Doctors discuss problems in the NHS as it approaches its 20th birthday.
James Burke asks how long the NHS can continue without breaking down completely.
Mums and dads pit their wits against each other to answer NHS-based questions.
Robin Day hosts a studio debate on the state of the NHS.
A history of the NHS as recalled by some who were there at the beginning.
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