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Labour and hospitals in three Yorkshire towns: Middlesbrough, Leeds, Sheffield, 1919-1938

By Barry M. Doyle


In the debates over the politics of National Health Service foundation, there has been little\ud investigation of the attitudes of the inter-war labour movement to a state-run hospital system. In\ud particular, there has been limited assessment of views outside parliament in provincial Labour parties\ud and trade unions. Drawing on a case study of Middlesbrough, Leeds and Sheffield, this article examines\ud the politics of hospital provision prior to the National Health Service (NHS). It focuses on the involvement\ud of the labour movement in hospital provision within localities and on the extent to which the dominant\ud form of labour politics—labourist or socialist—shaped hospital policy. It suggests that, in the heavy\ud industrial towns of Middlesbrough and Sheffield, close involvement with voluntary hospitals through\ud workers contributory schemes dampened the enthusiasm for a state system. However, such a policy\ud was heavily promoted by socialists in more economically diverse Leeds

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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:7023

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