This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more information, see our privacy statement

New Left Review I/3, May-June 1960


Sheila Lynd

2. The Health Service Revisited

the national health service has existed now for nearly 12 years, and already it is hard to remember what being ill was like before. It is almost impossible today to awaken the imagination of the post-war young to what a frightful, unforeseeable blow a serious or prolonged illness was to a family before the war, and they can hardly credit that the panel system covered only wage-earners of the lower income groups, and even then excluded wives and children. In those days no working class mother was ever free to call in a doctor to her children without asking herself, “Is it something serious, or would it be better to spend the money on oranges, extra milk, or coal for a bedroom fire?” followed by self-reproachful panic if the child got worse or others fell ill. In millions of families, a measles epidemic was a nightmare.

Subscribe for just £36 and get free access to the archive
Please login on the left to read more or buy the article for £3

Username:

Sheila Lynd, ‘The Health Service Revisited’, NLR I/3: £3
Password:
 



If you want to create a new NLR account please register here

’My institution subscribes to NLR, why can't I access this article?’

Download a PDF file


See the contents of NLR I/3


Buy a copy of NLR I/3


Subscriptions