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TITLE
The Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee, 1912
EXTERNAL ID
HLH_DEWAR100_001
DATE OF IMAGE
1912
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Highland Archive Centre
ASSET ID
1566
KEYWORDS
Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee
Dewar Report
Dewar Committee
Dewar Centenary
The Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee, 1912

This year, 2012, marks the centenary of The Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee, commonly referred to as the Dewar Committee after its chairman, Sir John Dewar MP. The Committee was constituted to look into medical service provision in the Highlands and Islands when it was realised that crofters were not covered by the 1911 National Health Insurance Act. The Dewar Report not only gave a unique insight into the social landscape of the Highlands and Islands in the early twentieth century but also set out a compelling case for health care reform. This lead to the first state provided health service in the world, the Highlands and Islands Medical Service, which revolutionised medical provision and is considered to be the precursor to the National Health Service.

Standing (L-R): Andrew Lindsay, Charles Orrock, Dr Leslie Mackenzie, Miss Tolmie, Murdoch Beaton, Dr J. C. McVail, J. Cullen Grierson Dr. A. C. Miller

Seated (L-R): Sir John A. Dewar, Unknown, The Marchioness of Tullibardine, J. L. Robertson

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The Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee, 1912

1910s

Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee; Dewar Report; Dewar Committee; Dewar Centenary

Highland Archive Centre

Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee & Report

This year, 2012, marks the centenary of The Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee, commonly referred to as the Dewar Committee after its chairman, Sir John Dewar MP. The Committee was constituted to look into medical service provision in the Highlands and Islands when it was realised that crofters were not covered by the 1911 National Health Insurance Act. The Dewar Report not only gave a unique insight into the social landscape of the Highlands and Islands in the early twentieth century but also set out a compelling case for health care reform. This lead to the first state provided health service in the world, the Highlands and Islands Medical Service, which revolutionised medical provision and is considered to be the precursor to the National Health Service.<br /> <br /> Standing (L-R): Andrew Lindsay, Charles Orrock, Dr Leslie Mackenzie, Miss Tolmie, Murdoch Beaton, Dr J. C. McVail, J. Cullen Grierson Dr. A. C. Miller<br /> <br /> Seated (L-R): Sir John A. Dewar, Unknown, The Marchioness of Tullibardine, J. L. Robertson