Public Assistance Journal and Health and Hospital Review,May 21 1948

On hospitals in the new national health service: “Up to now there has been, perhaps, a tendency for those concerned with the development of the national hospital service to think of it too much as consisting of more or less isolated sections. Those mainly interested in the clinical side of the work were naturally apt to concentrate on the importance of the individual hospital and particularly their individual hospital or hospitals with which they were concerned. Administrators, on the other hand, found their attention directed rather to the organisation of the regions and the many large scale problems of hospital area mapping and adjustment involved in this. It is necessary, however, to keep clearly in mind that the system is a co-ordinated whole and that one part cannot be considered to complete segregation from one another. Without the regional organisation, the hospitals would become an uncoordinated mass of isolated units.”