In the early years of the National Health Service, the medical romance novels published by Mills & Boon became a unlikely voice for progressive change in the provision of health care and the professional advancement of women. Agnes Arnold-Forster explores.
The NHS has long relied on immigrant personnel, and restrictions to migration have an impact on its staffing. In the third piece for the Moving People feature, Anna Caceres writes about the fallacy of the ‘good’ migrant narrative.
The Black Report, a landmark critique of health inequalities that barely discussed ‘race’, turns forty today. Grace Redhead and Jesse Olszynko-Gryn investigate the legacy of the report for the age of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter.
It is often in the silence, in the space left by what is not said, that we see the true shape of British anti-blackness, argues Anna Caceres in her analysis of the discourse around the NHS and migrant workers.
As the NHS strains under a ‘winter crisis’ without sufficient funding, Anne Summers looks at the limits of private provision of healthcare in 1800 and 2018.
It is fruitful to explore the longer histories of debates that have come to define today’s NHS, and recurrent themes of ‘crisis’, says Andrew Seaton [Updated with a response from Mathew Thomson]