Standard Grade History: Changing Lives 1880-Present Day
Posted 05 August 2012 - 07:43 PM
I really am not sure what the government reforms were during the war to improve health. Any Ideas?
Posted 06 August 2012 - 11:01 AM
Posted 06 August 2012 - 01:29 PM
Posted 06 August 2012 - 06:06 PM
Posted 06 August 2012 - 11:50 PM
The government did work hard to make sure that everybody was well-fed (try reading this webpage) and healthy (see this poster) for the war effort, which successfully improved the health of everybody, especially the poorest people (some posters here).
In 1939, expecting mass bombing raids, the government also set up an emergency medical service- the forerunner of the NHS; a lot of people (inlcuding my mother) volunteered as nurses - you can see some of the badges here.
Remember that the Ministry of Health also organised evacuation.
On a medical note, remember that Florey and Chain developed mass-production of pencillin to heal soldiers with blood poisoing, and that Archibald McIndoe developed plastic surgery to help burned airmen (the 'guinea pigs').
There was a lot of emphasis on avoiding venereal disease amongst servicemen.
And don't forget the Beveridge Report (1942), although it was only implemented after the war.
Finally, there is a very detailed report on occupation health here.
The expert on this seems to be somepne called Dr Emma Newlands. there is a comment from her here on the treatment of wounded soldeirs.
Posted 07 August 2012 - 12:32 AM
Posted 07 August 2012 - 10:12 AM
During the war the government carried out a number of social reforms which
tried to improve the health and welfare of the nation:
- 1940: extra payments were made to the elderly to help them cope with rising prices.
1940: The Emergency Hospital Scheme meant that the government paid for the treatment of sick and injured civilians as well as military personnel.
A free immunisation scheme for diphtheria was introduced. This led to a dramatic fall in the number of deaths from the illness.
1941: extra high vitamin foods such as milk and orange juice were provided for mothers and young children.*** (Would this include rose-hip syrup???)***
School milk and meals were subsidised. The number of children taking school meals increased by more than ten times during the war.
1945: family allowances were agreed upon. Extra money was to be paid to families with two or more children.
Posted 07 August 2012 - 11:32 AM
or copy paste this if it doesn't work http://publicwebsite...ents/health.pdf
The Gvt also set up special 'restaurants' (canteens) to ensure people were eating properly - there's stuff on the BBC on this topic. Rationing not only ensured that the food was shared out etc but also since 'bad' foods like sugar and red meat were rationed whilst folks were encouraged to grow and eat more veggies this made people healthier. These are all things the Govt actively did to promote health. There were many other things going on, not the direct result of Gvt intervention, that increased health such as developments in penicillin (above) and tetanus inoculations. The petrol rationing, Dig for Victory campaign and increased work commitments meant people were more active, which increased health. You could also argue that the bombing raids destroyed much old, unhealthy housing and led to the way for cleaner, healthier post-war housing, but again this is slightly away from your point.
You are highly unlikely to get a question specifically on health during WW2. Health questions are often linked in to housing or population. Hope this helps.
Posted 07 August 2012 - 01:03 PM
Posted 07 August 2012 - 02:49 PM
Posted 07 August 2012 - 04:50 PM
I was looking at my Leckie & Leckie revision book and it had info on the government and the miners during the 80s - I was just wondering how much depth we need to know the topic. Many Thanks
Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:37 PM
The Credit 2010 paper had a KU question on TUs, "Describe how trade unions tried to improve working conditions after 1880" and the marking instructions did not include the miners' strike so although it would be credited it makes me think it is still not 'core' knowledge unlike the General Strike or even the Match Girls' strike . You can look at the marking instructions online.
Sorry I'm not more use, but my opinion is that you don't need to know it in great detail but check with your teacher.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 12:41 PM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 02:45 PM
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