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Puny Rump

Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite: Sick Notes, 13 April 2023

Sick Note: A History of the British Welfare State 
by Gareth Millward.
Oxford, 230 pp., £30, September 2022, 978 0 19 286574 8
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... by Thatcherite crusaders. Historians, unsurprisingly, contest such simple narratives – as Gareth Millward does in his history of the welfare state as charted by the fortunes of the sick note.The sick note is the keystone in the arch between two pillars of William Beveridge’s wartime plan for the welfare state: universal systems of health and ...

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