José Harris, 23 June 1988
Show More The Health Services since the War. Vol. I: Problems of Health Care: The National Health Service before 1957 by Charles Webster.
HMSO, 479 pp., £27.50, April 1988, 0 11 630942 3Show More
“... At a time when British national identity appears more fragile than it has been for a very long time, the National Health Service bids fair to become the only major national institution that expresses the unity and commands the undivided loyalty of all but a tiny minority of the people living in this country. Shorn of empire, of economic pre-eminence, of religious certainty and racial separateness, many of them have nevertheless come to see the NHS as something peculiar and intrinsic to the British way of life: a sort of utilitarian church, mediating the beliefs and presiding over the rituals of a society incapable of advancing any more metaphysical conception ...”