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Does the Ambulance Service Work?

Michael Barratt reports on the growing criticism of the ambulance service, 15 years after the creation of the NHS. (1963)

Release date:

45 minutes

Last on

Mon 1 Jul 1963 20:25
BBC Television Service

Did You Know?

Parts of the NHS were criticised from within the Labour Party soon after its creation. The economic climate made it difficult to increase funding in the 1960s and 1970s.

The term 'ambulance' derives from the French 'hôpital ambulant', or 'mobile field hospital'. St John Ambulance was the first and only provider of an ambulance service prior to the NHS.


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Birth of the National Health Service Collection

NHS Collection

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