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General Practice under the National Health Service, 1948–1997The First Fifty Years$
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Irvine Loudon, John Horder, and Charles Webster

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206750

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206750.001.0001

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The Politics of General Practice

The Politics of General Practice

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(p.20) 1 The Politics of General Practice
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General Practice under the National Health Service, 1948–1997
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Charles Webster

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206750.003.0002

This chapter discusses the different interventions of the central government in connection with general medical practice and primary health care since the National Health Service began in the late 1940s. A few preliminary observations are offered regarding the longer-term perspective of the dramatic changes that took place in the National Health Service since 1991, and a discussion of the shortcomings of the 1948 system is provided.

Keywords:   general medical practice, primary health care, National Health Service, late 1940s

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