Unfortunately, your browser is too old to work on this website. Please upgrade your browser
Displaying 28 - 36 of 256

September 1939

Creation of the Emergency Medical Service

At the outbreak of war, central government gained direction over voluntary and municipal hospitals by establishing a service which paved the way for the National Health Service.

2 December 1942

Beveridge report

The Inter-Departmental Committee led by Sir William Beveridge, considered a founding father of the NHS, published recommendations on social insurance and allied services.

March 1944

National Health Service white paper

The wartime coalition government set out its vision for a comprehensive, free and unified health service.

July 1944

Goodenough Committee report on medical schools

The Goodenough Committee proposed medical education reforms and determined many of the organisational arrangements of the NHS.

April 1945

The Gray-Topping survey of hospitals

Surveys collating practical information about hospital facilities helped inform those drafting legislation for a National Health Service.

6 November 1946

National Health Service Act 1946

Following on from the 1944 white paper, the Act provided for the establishment of a free, universal and comprehensive health service for England and Wales.

5 July 1948

Establishment of the National Health Service

The NHS took control of 480,000 hospital beds in England and Wales, that had belonged to local authorities, or were independent voluntary hospitals.


The Bradbeer report on internal administration of hospitals

The Bradbeer Committee published a report highlighting variation in methods of administration in different hospitals and recommending changes to their administration.


The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

In the context of a growing focus on the administrative structure of the NHS, the first national administrative training scheme was inaugurated.