Illus. By Rob Davies

Health professionals

Health care in the United Kingdom is provided principally by the National Health Service, a service funded through the state which was set up just over 50 years ago. It is now the largest organisation in Europe and employs many different health professionals and other staff.

Powys is included within the Dyfed Powys Health Authority, which covers an area over half the total land mass of Wales, and attends to the health of over 470,000 residents.

One GP's (a doctor working in general medical practice - also known as family doctors) working day consisted of the following:

9.00 - 11.30

Morning surgery

11.30 - 13.00

Visits, hospital ward round

14.00 - 15.30

Paperwork in surgery

15.30 - 16.15

Emergency in A & E

16.20 - 18.30

Evening surgery

18.30 - 19.30


after 19.00

On call for the whole night.

At the end of a working day one Montgomeryshire dentist says

Another is an occupational therapist, who describes her work:

Finally another example of changing health care is in the development of new drugs and medicines. One such scientist