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TITLE
Minutes of Evidence, 1913
EXTERNAL ID
HLH_DEWAR100_007
DATE OF IMAGE
1913
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Highland Archive Centre
ASSET ID
1590
KEYWORDS
Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee
Dewar Report
Dewar Committee
Dewar Centenary
Minutes of  Evidence, 1913

Among the 178 witnesses examined were Medical Officers, local G.Ps. Chemists, Clergymen, and Crofters including John MacPherson, the Glendale Martyr. The minutes of evidence given to the Committee extend to 23,558 paragraphs.

The Committee's report painted a distressing picture with regards to living conditions and medical services but provided clear recommendations as to how these should be remedied; particularly the establishment of a properly administered grant to develop all medical services within the Highlands and Islands. The expectation that improvements were at last about to happen prompted Dr John MacDonald, Medical Officer of Health for Inverness-shire to write, "These recommendations, when given effect to, will open up a new era for the improvement of the Medical and Nursing Services in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland."

Click here to download a searchable copy of the report.




This image is part of an online exhibition marking 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's report paved the way for 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. Click here to go to the start of the exhibition.

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Minutes of Evidence, 1913

1910s

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

Highland Archive Centre

Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee & Report

Among the 178 witnesses examined were Medical Officers, local G.Ps. Chemists, Clergymen, and Crofters including John MacPherson, the Glendale Martyr. The minutes of evidence given to the Committee extend to 23,558 paragraphs.<br /> <br /> The Committee's report painted a distressing picture with regards to living conditions and medical services but provided clear recommendations as to how these should be remedied; particularly the establishment of a properly administered grant to develop all medical services within the Highlands and Islands. The expectation that improvements were at last about to happen prompted Dr John MacDonald, Medical Officer of Health for Inverness-shire to write, "These recommendations, when given effect to, will open up a new era for the improvement of the Medical and Nursing Services in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland."<br /> <br /> Click <a href= http://www.ambaile.org.uk/en/download/files/Dewar%20Report.pdf>here</a> to download a searchable copy of the report.</i><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <i>This image is part of an online exhibition marking 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's report paved the way for 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. Click <a href=http://www.ambaile.org.uk/en/set/show_content_page.html?category=3&set=29&qw= >here</a> to go to the start of the exhibition.</i>