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

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

LanguageEnglish
Pages374-392
Number of pages19
JournalSocial History of Medicine
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

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