Papers relating to Stopford's involvement in schemes to develop a regionalised hospital system. In 1939, the Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust was established to encourage new thinking about such schemes and provide money to hospitals through Regional and District Hospital Councils. The Trust operated with the approval of the Ministry of Health, and was run by a Medical Advisory Council. The Trust worked closely with the Manchester Joint Board (of which Stopford was chairman) to encourage co-ordination in the North-West region. The papers concern the work of the Trust, relations between Manchester committee of the Joint Board and their counterparts in Liverpool over proposals for the organisation of hospitals in the region, and the Ministry of Health in connection with their survey of health services in the North-West in 1942. The hospital system became more regionalised during the Second World War through such measures as the Emergency Hospital Scheme; in turn, this aroused interest in developing a more co-ordinated hospital system in the post-war period.
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