Health Services in Britain (1962)

This government-sponsored documentary uses the NHS as a marketing tool in the promotion of Britain and its institutions overseas.

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    United Kingdom

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    Non Fiction

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  • Health Service in Britain Alternative


“A healthy country is a strong and prosperous one,” says the GP commentator, encapsulating the sense of national pride that, despite its shortcomings, the National Health Service has evoked since its inception in 1948.

Taking one of the families on his list of patients, the GP describes in turn how each of the three family members benefits from the NHS’s wide range of services. From the father’s sudden need for major surgery to the birth and subsequent development of the couple’s daughter, a strong narrative thread engages the audience on a personal level and provides a convenient chronological framework by which to illustrate the comprehensiveness of the service.

Jointly sponsored by three government departments, the film presents a fairly exhaustive survey of the NHS and its services. In its conclusion, it makes special mention of family doctors, heralding them as “the frontline troops in the constant fight against disease.”

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