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Level Collection
Extent 2 boxes
Title Health Concern
Date 1984-1989
Box Number 1-2
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Name Health Concern
Description Archives of Health Concern, a pressure group established due to concerns about the future of the NHS as "a non-party organisation to act as an NHS 'watchdog' and to promote the principles on which the NHS was founded". Includes correspondence and papers covering the establishment of the group, financial information and membership files.
Historical Background Health Concern was an organisation founded in the mid 1980s (1984 to 1985) with the primary aims of 'campaigning for more resources, co-ordinate comment on Government plans for the NHS and exchange information on research.'

It was set up by Lord Ennals (Minister of State for Health, 1968) and chaired by Sir Douglas Black (former chairman of the BMA, 1984-1985). It was an organisation that represented a broad alliance of somewhat diverse member organisations with the mutual aim of supporting the NHS by promoting the basic principles of the NHS and mounting an educational programme on health care and treatment.

The member organisations consisted of professional organisations, trade unions and patient and voluntary organisations. Membership was divided into two categories: member organisations (whose representatives made up the executive committee) and observer organisations. Membership was by subscription.

Acquisition Details Presented to the Wellcome Library by Anne Weyman, May 2007.
Accession Number 1505
Access Status Certain restrictions apply
Access Conditions The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material with the exception of SA/HCN/1/5 which is Restricted Access until 1 Jan 2019 and SA/HCN/3 which is closed under the Data Protection Act until 1 Jan 2074.
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