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The NHS : beginning, middle and end? : the autobiography of Dr. John Marks /
John Marks ; foreword by Nicholas Timmins.
Oxford, England ; New York : Radcliffe Publishing, c2008.
x, 279 p. : ill.
1846192722, 9781846192722
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Oxford, England ; New York : Radcliffe Publishing, c2008.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Long Description
John Marks is something of a national treasure. Warm, funny, passionate, opinionated and occasionally contrary, he is a man whose life for more than 40 years marched in beat with that of the National Health Service. There is scarcely a medical issue or controversy in which John Marks was not involved. Abortion law reform, the doctors' 1970s revolt against the General Medical Council, the foundation of the Royal College of General Practitioners, countless NHS reorganizations, and the bloody battle over NHS pay beds and the pay of junior doctors are just a sample.Then there was the fierce, principled battle over how the medical profession and the public should respond to the terror of a new disease - AIDS. And the great war that was fought over the Conservatives introduction of market forces into the NHS in the late 1980s and early 1990s - an approach to running the NHS that lives on, reincarnated, under the current Labor government.In all of these John Marks played more than a walk-on part. In many he was a principal actor. For anyone wanting fully to understand the BMA's role in all this, this book is thus required reading. But it is much more than just a dry history of times past. It is laced with anecdote, from the horrifying to the hilarious, and on to high politics. John Marks' account of his life and times provides the tale of a warm, human, liberal and occasionally buccaneering man whose passion for life and causes leaves even those who do not always agree with him eager to count him among their friends.
Main Description
Presents the account of the author's life and times and the tale of a warm, human, liberal and occasionally buccaneering man whose passion for life and causes leaves even those who do not always agree with him eager to count him among their friends.
Table of Contents
1925-1943 My childhood and life as an evacueep. 1
University and the armyp. 13
From lorry driver to principal in general practicep. 33
My involvement in abortion law reformp. 43
I get further involved in medical politicsp. 50
I get started in medical politics at the national levelp. 57
A Royal College, an academic approach and a doctoratep. 70
Early attempts at NHS reform and heart transplantsp. 78
An outdated constitution and Sir Paul Chambers' reportp. 83
I become involved in national negotiationsp. 90
I appear before a disciplinary body and I lose some friendsp. 101
I represent the profession at home and abroadp. 108
AIDS and the BMAp. 117
A Royal sesquicentennial yearp. 124
International problems and political speculationp. 133
Two crises and one electionp. 139
Princess Diana opens the library and I have a rough ARMp. 153
The approaching stormp. 166
A storm breaks: The White Paperp. 178
The profession rejects the Reformsp. 189
The campaign continuesp. 203
The Bill and reactions to itp. 211
The campaign continues: mysterious faxes and the Oxford debatep. 215
My last few months in the chairp. 222
I am a past Chairmanp. 230
A variety of activities including boxing and lecturing and a disputed SRMp. 238
Doctors in the Dockp. 251
A quiet retirement, a general election and a question markp. 260
Indexp. 267
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