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
The Inter-Departmental Committee led by Sir William Beveridge, considered a founding father of the NHS, published recommendations on social insurance and allied services.
The wartime coalition government set out its vision for a comprehensive, free and unified health service.
The Goodenough Committee proposed medical education reforms and determined many of the organisational arrangements of the NHS.
Surveys collating practical information about hospital facilities helped inform those drafting legislation for a National Health Service.
6 November 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
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 Committee published a report highlighting variation in methods of administration in different hospitals and recommending changes to their administration.
In the context of a growing focus on the administrative structure of the NHS, the first national administrative training scheme was inaugurated.
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