The Hospital Plan

The Hospital Plan

1962

Porritt Report is published and results in Enoch Powell's Hospital Plan. The medical profession criticises the separation of the NHS into three parts – hospitals, general practice and local health authorities – and calls for unification. The Hospital Plan approves the development of district general hospitals for population areas of about 125,000. The 10-year programme is new territory for the NHS and it soon becomes clear that it has underestimated the cost and time taken to build new hospitals. But with the advent of post-graduate centres, nurses and doctors will be given a better future.