This chapter provides an account of the development of the nursing profession in Great Britain since the creation of the NHS in 1948. It attempts to explain why nursing remained repressed rather than a challenging interest in the NHS, despite being overwhelmingly the largest professional grouping within it. It lists possible reasons why nursing has been absent in the health policy-making process. These include the fact that the vocational nature of nursing means that nurses tend to be focused on the very real local difficulties of getting care organised rather than bigger national issues about access to policy makers and the strong element of sexism in the status afforded to nurses.
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