There has been an interesting report published this week called “60 years of the NHS – Ordinary People Tell the Story” you will need Adobe Reader to open it. If you don’t want to read the whole report, there is a nice summary on the Wellcome Trust website (they part funded the study).
The report itself is interesting (although the website is pretty dire). The report is made up of a collection of quotes, from people in all walks of life NHS care. The quotes were written in 1949, 1997 and 2008. The common theme seems to be how people’s expectations have changed, although it is clear that there was no “golden age” when everything was perfect.
Some of the quotes (about 14%) are written by people who have worked (or are working) in the NHS, which gives an interesting perspective. Changing attitudes to medical research are discussed in Part II (on Page 47).
P.S. In case you are wondering, MO stands for Mass Observation, it comes up in the report quite a lot.