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Hospitals for All

The dark clouds of war part to reveal a silver lining for Scottish health.

Documentary 1948 21 mins


A brave new world for Scottish Health is advertised in this post-war documentary made in changing times. The wartime Emergency Hospital Service was an important predecessor for the NHS, with the Scottish division creating seven new hospitals for casualties from both the active and home fronts. This was a legacy for the nation in peacetime, but both aspiration and austerity are evident in the focus on medical care, catering at a time of rationing, and the staff quarters at these often remote outposts.