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Report of the Committee of Enquiry into the Cost of the National Health Service
 — presented to Parliament by the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Scotland
Author(s)C W Guillebaud
Corporate AuthorCommittee of Enquiry in the Cost of the National Health Service
PublisherHMSO, London, 1956
Pages309 pp (Cmd 9663)
SourceHMSO Publications Centre, PO Box 276, London SW8 5DT
KeywordsNational Health Service.
AnnotationThe Committee's terms of reference were to review the present and prospective cost of the National Health Service (NHS); to suggest means of ensuring effective control and efficient use of available Exchequer funds; and to advise how a rising charge on the Exchequer can be avoided, while providing for the maintenance of an adequate service. The report covers: the general administrative structure; hospital and specialist services; the family practitioner services; local health authority services; and the Whitley Council machinery. While some defects were found in the NHS's organisation and administration, the Committee concluded that the service's record of performance had been one of real achievement. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930802096 B

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