Repeat: Malmesbury, the Philosophy Town
This programme, originally broadcast on Radio 4, is due to be repeated on Radio 4 extra on 24th February, then available on the iPlayer for a further 30 days. For more details click here or here (BBC page)
Most recent production: Farewell Dr Finlay, July 2016 & January 2017
Glasgow GP, columnist in the British Medical Journal, and regular contributor to 'Inside Health', Dr Margaret McCartney, presented this 2-part series on the history of general practice in the UK since the middle of the 18th century.
With the help of leading medical historians such as Professor Anne Digby, Dr Martin Edwards and Dr Graham Smith, along with a wide range of GPs, including the legendary writer and historian-GP, Julian Tudor Hart, these programmes set out the extraordinary story of our family doctors, from the somewhat brutal days of the surgeon-apothecaries this history begins. Then on through the 19th century, the landmark Medical Act of 1858 that set up the General Medical Council and much more besides. Into the 20th century with the 1911 National Insurance Act, which produced 'panel doctors' to look after employed men (and some employed women) - but not spouses, children or the self-employed.
Rounding up of course, and this is what part 2 is all about, with the NHS, the "Family Doctors' Charter" of 1966, the free-market "fundholding" practices from 1989, and the slow retreat from being on-call 24/7. Up to the present day, with many GP training courses vacant, practice places unfilled for long period, some practices closing, combined with ever-increasing workload, regulation and administration.
Picked by the Daily Telegraph, Times, Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph, Observer, Mail on Sunday, Financial Times ... including "this fine two-part documentary ... from 18th century surgeon-apothecaries to today's GPs is a fascinating route" (Gillian Reynolds)
BBC programme pages: episode 1 - episode 2
(available to listen online as part of the BBC's long-term archive)
About Square Dog Media & Square Dog Radio
Square Dog Media is a specialist audio production company, making radio programmes for BBC Radio 4 and World Service in particular, and also on occasion Radio 3, under the name 'Square Dog Radio'. We make history, science, current affairs and arts documentaries and features, covering all aspects of production from initial offer, through idea development, recording almost anywhere in the world, scripting, editing and post-production to delivery of complete broadcast-ready programmes. Both our senior partners are qualified as executive producers to ensure compliance with BBC Editorial Standards. Through this company, and predecessor organisations, the senior partners have delivered over 100 such programmes to the BBC.
We are now branching out into other areas of audio production where high quality is required. We also offer journalistic and historical expertise where relevant. Our current production is a commission for a public body in the field of community reconciliation - as detailed above. As part of that we are developing 'visualisation' of audio productions, for use on websites. We are also looking at corporate work.
We also work with many and varied freelance presenters, producers, reporters and other contributors. Our 'regulars' are profiled on the 'about us' page.
In a series of five short podcasts-with-pictures, political journalist Peter Geogheganlooks at the state of reconciliation and peace-building in Northern Ireland, finding some examples of great work at street level, often with former foes now working well together. Yet they face major problems, much of it due to the failure of leading politicians to make the same efforts to work together and in particular the failure to implement much of the Good Friday / Belfast Agreement. Much of the content of these reports will astonish people outside N Ireland, and maybe some who live there too - peace requires more than just an end to the bombs, beatings and assassinations.
The reports were financially supported by the N Ireland Community Relations Council, though the views expressed in them are not necessarily those of the CRC. They are being hosted on various sites including:
Visualised podcasts, "Lessons from the Peace-lines", on YouTube:
Audio-only podcasts, all 5, on Soundcloud:
Producer: Mike Hally