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The NHS in 1967
In 1967 there was concern among medical professionals that the NHS was 'heading for breakdown'. This was thought to be due to lack of money, lack of doctors and bad organisation. Three doctors discuss their concerns and solutions. One doctor believes the NHS just needs more money, while another suggests that business efficiency models should be introduced and talks about 'utilising resources'. Meanwhile, a GP worries about changes in the doctor-patient relationship. The film also gives some examples of inefficiencies in practise - such as patients waiting in hospital beds for x-rays. This clip was first published as part of BBC Archive Collections: bbc.co.uk/archive/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
Stimulate discussion about the current state of the NHS. What are the current problems within the organisation? Do the concerns voiced by the medical professionals in the 1960s still persist today? Is money, lack of doctors and poor organisation still still an issue today? There are further resources on the NHS in the BBC Archive collections.
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