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A National Religion? Activism, Public Opinion and the NHS

A National Religion? Activism, Public Opinion and the NHS

Talks and discussion about activism, NHS politics and the past, present and future of this cherished institution

11 August 2016

11 August 2016, NHS Roadshow @ People's History Museum, image used with permission of Francine Payne www.dartfordhospitalhistories.org.uk

Time 18:00 - 20:00

Duration 2 hours

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £5

In 1948, the Minister of Health Aneurin Bevan stated that the newly founded National Health Service would last ‘as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it.’  These words have been significant in campaigning about the NHS ever since – through the dissent of doctors and the British Medical Association (BMA) in the 1950s, and occupations and strikes against privatisation in the 1980s and 1990s.  Today, these words continue to be significant, and are regularly used by groups including Keep Our NHS Public.

Historians at The University of Warwick are writing a People’s History of the NHS, recognising that this institution belongs to us all.  Join them for a series of talks and discussions about the relationship between activism, politics and the NHS, from a variety of perspectives (not least nurses who ate chips to protest the terrible food available at one hospital canteen!).  The discussion will then be opened up to the audience about the past, present and future of this cherished institution, and the role of collective action in ensuring change.

Speakers include:

***Due to unforseen circumstances unfortunately Alan Taman is unable to attend the event.  We are working on finding a replacement***

Alan Taman (Campaigns Manager for Keep Our NHS Public and Doctors for the NHS) – Beauty and the Beast: NHS campaigning, ethics, and the media
Alan has worked for many years as a health journalist then public relations manager in the NHS and is interested in the interaction between public relations, the NHS, and NHS campaigning.  He has written on the ethics of PR in the NHS and retains a research interest in this field.

Dr George Campbell Gosling (People’s History of the NHS team) will be discussing the NHS’s changing relationship with graffiti, which in the past decade or so has been co-opted as an increasingly mainstream medium for showing support and even fundraising for the NHS. He will be asking how this sits in the longer history of protest, satire and critique in the political history of the NHS.

During its 68-year history NHS staff have often had very strong feelings about both their own work and the service itself. Dr Jack Saunders (People’s History of the NHS team) will be discussing how the activism of NHS employees shaped the historical development of the service. How did different categories of staff feel about working for the NHS? What sort of NHS did they want to work in? And how did they go about bringing that vision to life?

Dr Jenny Crane (People’s History of the NHS team) will be asking for contributions in to her research about the relationship between the national and the local in British health care, and in particular how national and local campaign groups have shaped, praised, and criticised the devolution and centralisation of health policy, including during the development of ‘Devo-Manc’.

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Booking Requirements:

  • Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
  • Please contact the museum as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your reservation so your place can be given to another visitor
  • Please note all donations are non refundable
  • For further information please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or email events@phm.org.uk