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NHS 1948

Your new National Health Service begins on 5th July. What is it? How do you get it?

It will provide you with all medical, dental and nursing care. Everyone-rich or poor, man, woman or child - can use it or any part of it. There are no charges, except for a few special items. There are no insurance qualifications. But it is not a "charity". You are all paying for it, mainly as taxpayers, and it will relieve your money worries in time of illness.
National Health Service document 1948
National Health Service document 1948
1948 on the rooftops of Salisbury General Infirmary
1948 the new NHS staff assemble at Salisbury General Hospital (now Salisbury District Hospital)
Early NHS staff photographed at Salisbury General Hospital
(left) Early NHS staff photographed under the porch of Administration Block - (right) Same place can still be seen today at the entrance to the Trust Offices

In the lead up to the National Health Service in Salisbury

1946: The year has been one of great activity in the Hospital World. March saw the advent of the long awaited National Health Service Bill which went through all stages in Parliament and received the Royal assent on the 6th November.
Excerpt from the 1946 Annual report for Salisbury General Infirmary
Excerpt from the 1946 Annual report for Salisbury General Infirmary
The date of the transfer of the Hospital service to the responsibility of the Minister of Health has been fixed at 5th July, 1948.
Excerpt from the 1947 Salisbury General Infirmary Annual Report, anticipating the changes in hospital management
Excerpt from the 1947 Salisbury General Infirmary Annual Report

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ArtCare, Salisbury District Hospital