Sidney and Beatrice Webb’s The State and the Doctor Available as Internet Download

I’ve been blogging recently about the roots of the NHS in the Beveridge Report of 1942, and, going further back, the campaigns of the Socialist Medical Association and the Fabians, Sidney and Beatrice Webb. The Webbs’ book, The State and the Doctor, is available from Amazon. It’s also available as a free download from the Internet Archive. The book critically surveys the then-current state of medical care, and its often deplorable defects. The two final chapters, ‘The Need for a Unified Medical Service’ and ‘Cutting through the Tangle’ present the case for something very like the modern NHS. They examine the alternatives, and state that insurance based medical provision is inadequate. Which should be obvious, but unfortunately isn’t after nearly forty years of Thatcherite hype. If you want to read it, it’s at:

https://archive.org/details/statedoctor00webbrich

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