How the nation coped before the NHS, with basic treatments and kitchen table surgery. Read more
How the nation coped before the NHS, with basic treatments and kitchen table surgery.
How some enterprising individuals addressed the health problems in their own communities.
Remedies of War
How the Second World War helped to shape the National Health Service.
How Aneurin Bevan convinced his harshest critics, the doctors, to sign up to his NHS.
Free Specs & Teeth
The highs and lows that followed the launch of the National Health Service on 5 July 1948.
Cigarettes & Chimneys
How lung cancer forced the new NHS to ask: should it just treat disease or prevent it too?
How life in the new NHS gave some hospital doctors the time and freedom to innovate.
How the life-saving 'artificial kidney' machine brought moral dilemmas in its wake.
How the new 'modern' hospital designs changed the relationships of staff and patients.
Sexual Health Service
How the contraceptive pill forced the NHS to acknowledge women sexual health needs.
How unsung heroine Barbara Robb exposed glaring gaps in the care of the mentally ill.
How Cecily Saunders' 'modern hospice' movement forced the NHS to plan for a 'good death'.
How the NHS responded to the birth of the first test tube baby in 1978.
How the Black Report in 1980 and others exposed inequalities in health in deprived areas.
A baby died, wards were closed and nurses went on strike. An NHS crisis in the 1980s.
The New Plague
How the NHS responded to a new fatal disease, Aids, in the 1980s.
Policing the Bugs
When MRSA and other hospital bugs hit the headlines, the NHS had to clean up its act.
Too Much Medicine
Breast screening highlighted the issue of over-diagnosis and over-treatment in the NHS.
From cleaning bedpans to treating broken bones: how nursing in the NHS has changed.
The NHS has never had enough money. How have health ministers dealt with it?
The series which traces decisive moments in the history of the NHS.