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Previous year: 1947 Next year: 1949

  • The NHS was established on 5 July 1948
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The negotiation of a contract for GPs to enter it was accompanied by threats to retire, resign, resign from the BMA and predictions of doom, but in the end an accommodation was reached and things, on the whole, probably got better. (See also: GP Contract 1960, 1990, 2004, 2006)

The White Paper on the NHS had been published in 1944

  • The cosmic microwave background was described in a series of papers which effectively proved the hot Big Bang theory of cosmology. Without this event there would have been no healthcare