BBC Learning Zone Clips

CLIP 3323

Health care for all in 1948

Health care for all in 1948
Key Info
  • Health care for all in 1948
  • Duration: 04:49
  • The rise of the NHS is clearly explained here and is tied in with the increased use of surgery to treat medical conditions. The completely free NHS lasted only four years before prescription charges had to be introduced, as the scheme was costing more than the government was prepared to spend. An example is given of how far technology has brought us, from originally having only four minutes to carry out a heart operation to modern day machines that take over the role of the heart during lengthy surgery.
  • Credits: North West Film Archive, British Movietone News, Reuters
  • Subject:



    Origins of the Welfare State in the 20th Century

  • Keywords: National Insurance Act, National Health Service, NHS, medical technology, surgery, welfare state
Ideas for use in class
  • Students could complete a flow chart starting with the 1911 National Insurance Act through to the modern day, showing all of the improvements in medicine.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.