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A RETIRED GP aged 98 told just how the NHS was welcomed when it was set up in 1948.

Dr John Goddard Jones had joined the Baptist Missionary Society and helped to treat lepers, malaria and TB sufferers in Africa in World War II.

But in 1944 the medical missionary returned from the Belgian Congo to buy his father's practice in Kinmel Bay.

The practice was in Moray House in Crugan Avenue.

He said: "Then in 1948, the Government came in and bought the practice from me.

"They said 'You stay put and be our representative in charge of the practice."

He was pleased because in the new NHS the Government paid for medicines.

"Previously, patients were meant to do so but some ran off without paying," he added.

Dr Jones said many patients had been temporary residents on holiday.

He said: "They would request medicines and prescriptions and be tempted to clear off without paying their bill."

After July 1948, they signed a form and the Government coughed up.

During his NHS work, a girls' school appointed him medical officer and allowed him to send his two daughters there free of charge.

He duly practised in the NHS until he retired as a GP in 1977 aged 67.

He added: "The NHS has been a wonderful employer."


John Goddard Jones has called the NHS a 'wonderful employer'
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 5, 2008
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