RCOG correspondence with the Ministry of Health and successors

Scope and Content

Correspondence of the RCOG with the Ministry of Health and its successors covering issues related to the specialty of obstetrics and gynaecology, including the papers of Sir Norman Jeffcoate whilst chair of the DHSS Joint Sub Committee on Prevention of Haemolytic Disease of the Newborn (1972), the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths (1968-1969), senior nursing staff structures, and maternity services.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1968, the Ministry of Health was dissolved and its functions transferred (along with those of the similarly dissolved Ministry of Social Security) to the newly created Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS). (Twenty years later, these functions were split back into two government departments, forming the Department of Social Security (DSS) and the current Department of Health.)

Access Information

Open to access

Custodial History

This is a composite series of records: most of the material was removed from the papers of College Presidents, College Secretaries and Honorary Secretaries.

Related Material

Related material held by the RCOG may be found at the following references:

RCOG/A4 College Presidents' files relating to the Department of Health, its predecessors and its various councils, committees and enquiries

RCOG/B7/F Working group reports on development of standards in Gynaecology, Obstetrics and Maternity Care

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