People's History of the NHS


Waiting in the NHS

This gallery was made by the 'Cultural History of the NHS' students at the University of Warwick, in a session led by our team members Jenny Crane and Jane Hand. Interestingly, when asked to think of an object that represented the NHS for them, several members of our group thought about waiting and waiting rooms. This shows that early post-war concerns about queues and overdemand on the Service continue to inflect our cultural perceptions. Nonetheless, for these students at least, the ingrained assumption of waiting in the NHS had not necessarily damaged their overall affection for this institution.

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