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TITLE
Caithness County Council Minutes, 1931
EXTERNAL ID
HLH_DEWAR100_034
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS
DATE OF IMAGE
1931
PERIOD
1930s
SOURCE
Caithness Archive Centre
ASSET ID
1698
KEYWORDS
Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee
Dewar Report
Dewar Committee
Dewar Centenary
Caithness County Council Minutes, 1931

In one of its most far sighted decisions, the Highlands and Islands Medical Services Board decided to set up specialist services in some of the more remote areas. In conjunction with the County Councils, general surgeons were appointed and X-Ray equipment installed in county and district hospitals.

Finally the Royal Northern Infirmary was established as the central hospital providing those specialist and laboratory services which were beyond the scope of the smaller hospital.

The first consultant surgeon under the Surgical Scheme was appointed to Stornoway in 1923 with Caithness following in 1932. Under the Scheme the post was funded jointly by the Highlands and Islands Medical Service and the County or District Council. Appointments were made in conjunction with a University Faculty of Medicine, in this case Aberdeen.


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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Caithness County Council Minutes, 1931

CAITHNESS

1930s

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

Caithness Archive Centre

Highlands and Islands Medical Services Committee & Report

In one of its most far sighted decisions, the Highlands and Islands Medical Services Board decided to set up specialist services in some of the more remote areas. In conjunction with the County Councils, general surgeons were appointed and X-Ray equipment installed in county and district hospitals.<br /> <br /> Finally the Royal Northern Infirmary was established as the central hospital providing those specialist and laboratory services which were beyond the scope of the smaller hospital. <br /> <br /> The first consultant surgeon under the Surgical Scheme was appointed to Stornoway in 1923 with Caithness following in 1932. Under the Scheme the post was funded jointly by the Highlands and Islands Medical Service and the County or District Council. Appointments were made in conjunction with a University Faculty of Medicine, in this case Aberdeen. <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>