The Labour government introduced the maternity benefits scheme in 1939. Under this scheme, women received free maternity care and doctors had free access to hospitals for deliveries. It was initially resisted by some doctors, as this newspaper clipping from April 1939 shows. 'B.M.A.' stands for British Medical Association – the New Zealand branch represented local doctors.
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Reference: Evening Post, 28 April 1939, p. 12
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