The NHS The Story So Far written by Ellen Welch and published by Pen and Sword Books – £14.99 – Softcover – Pages 208

We should all know that the NHS was created just after the Second World War by the Atlee government in order to give help and treatment to everybody as a free service whether they could afford to pay or not. The book goes right from the beginning and looks at why we needed an NHS and looks at why it needs to go on and grow further in an attempt to achieve as much need as possible. This book also includes an added chapter all about the Coronavirus ad how the NHS is dealing with that in various ways. The book also contains a number of personal stories from both staff and patients.

This book is written by Ellen Welch who also happens to be a practicing GP, so you’re actually getting a book written by someone who has been at the coalface of the NHS and has experienced it growing over her time. This is an excellent little book that has been well written, researched and planned out, it was great that the final chapter about Covid-19 has been written because in these worrying times it is great to get a viewpoint from the NHS on the pandemic. The book is interspersed with stories and recollections that help give that personal touch, and the number of photos also help a great deal. I really enjoyed this book and I enjoyed the historical angle best, the reasons how and why the NHS came about. It was an enjoyable read and while I would never criticise the NHS, you won’t find me being critical of this, I recommend this book to all and be proud of one of the few things Britain has done well in its history.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.