Medical and Institutional history of the National Health Service
||The Development of the
London Hospital System, 1823 - 2015
Cradle to Grave - the first 65
years of the NHS
Geoffrey Rivett writes contemporary medical and
institutional history. His two books, originally published by the
King's Fund, are kept up to date on internet on this site; navigate by
using the links at the top.
There are advantages in
having easy access to your own copy. The original editions of both are
out of print so they have been brought up to date and are now available
again in revised second editions. (The original editions,
published by The King's Fund, appear in the Fund's digital archives.)
They are available on a "print on order" basis on paper, and
also as a pdf
and as an e-book. They cost less than they did 20-30 years ago, about £20 if you choose a soft
cover and black and white printing on cream paper.
The Development of the London Hospital System has
been updated to March 2015.
Cradle to Grave has been updated to
Click on the photo of the front cover
to purchase it on print to order,
delivery about 8 days.
Development of the London Hospital System
runs from 1823 to the
day, 2015. It covers the roots of the hospitals, poor
law, voluntary and fever, and how they came to be part of a
system. It deals with
the steps leading to the creation of the NHS better than the
history of the NHS that starts in 1948 and
takes the existence of the NHS as a
It costs from £5 to £25 depending on
the format required, hard copy, pdf or e-book.
|The second book,
Cradle to Grave, in two volumes, is the
history of the National Health Service. It is substantially longer and includes much clinical
material and sections nursing and medicine, as well as organisational,
political and financial material. From Cradle to Grave is the most substantial
account available of the NHS since its inception - what has happened
from 1948 onwards and why, rather than what people
think will happen.
Cradle to Grave includes extra material
since the first edition was published in 1998 which made it necessary to split it into two
volumes. The first covers the first four decades and the second
from 1988 onwards. Part two has been updated (in August 2015) to
cover recent events. Both parts can now be
in hard copy, or as a pdf or an e-book which is far cheaper. Links will take you to the
publisher's website, and if you purchase a book (and not a download) it
will usually be delivered within about 8 days by courier.
Recent additions to the text on line include
GP Forward View
Monitor and TDA merged as NHS Improvement
Greater Manchester devolution
NHS Improvement formed by merger of Moniter & TDA 1 April 2016
Increased central control and financial guidance.
Zitka virus outbreak
Extra £4 billion for the NHS; National Audit Office
vision for the NHS (video)
Keogh Reports on A&E and Seven day hospitals.
Five Year Forward View &
primary care models.
Site contents include
inheritance of the NHS in
1948 and the events from 1948 by decade
summary of the past decades
simple guide to the NHS (recently revised)and a link to
BBC Archives on the NHS
list of CMOs & Ministers
(for the UK) and later (for England) periods - see
Geoffrey Rivett asserts intellectual ownership/copyright over this material. However, you are at liberty to download the text for personal use, but not for commercial reproduction in another publication or web site, or for multiple copying for academic or business purposes. You may use material from this site referencing as
Rivett G. C. National Health Service History
retrieved 8 July 2015 from
www.nhshistory.net (give correct date)
Declaration of interest: I create, design and manage this site. It receives no financial support from any quarter, and I am retired and neither in employment nor act in any consultant capacity. I welcome
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