Public Assistance Journal and Health and Hospital Review, 16 April 1948

"The views of the local authorities' medical officers on the national health service are bound to be of especial interest. The medical officers, have, of course, on their side been busily engaged in the organisation of their local services to fit into the new system…and have probably been too much engaged in this complex and responsible task to have a great deal of time to spare for philosophic appraisal of the nature and scope of their duties in the new system and of the characteristics of the national service itself. The fact remains that the local authorities are essentially the vehicle of the positive health functions of the new administrative system. For this and other reasons the position and attitude and opinions of the local medical officers are of great importance and must be taken into account."