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the history of Leyton and Leytonstone
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The National Insurance Act of 1911 provided poorer workers, but not their families, with free medical care, as well as a weekly payment whilst they were too sick to work 6. One mother remembered paying a penny a week into a fund but her children (she had 7) could only be treated if they walked from their Downsell Road home to a doctor in Cann Hall Road 7.
7 WFOHW interview reference number 70