The New Politics of the NHS: From Creation to Reinvention

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Radcliffe Publishing, 2010 - Medical - 310 pages
The New Politics of the NHS has become established over a quarter century and five editions as the key overview of the NHS and its processes and paths of influence. This latest edition remains a clear, easy-to-read guide to often complex debates. It encompasses both the background of the evolution of the NHS since its foundation, and a completely up-to-date picture of its present and future in a more pluralistic - and possibly more financially austere - era in which deference to medical expertise is eroding and information on health and care is far more widely available. Assuming no prior knowledge of NHS politics and systems, The New Politics of the NHS focuses on management, structure, centralisation, funding, economic performance, challenges, current party political debates, interest groups and rationing, and also on the NHS's institutional and cultural continuity as a tax-funded service providing comprehensive, universal healthcare free at the point of delivery. It is a vital update for all healthcare professionals, NHS managers, policy makers and shapers, and those in special interest groups including patient advocacy organisations. From reviews of previous editions: ' A valuable insight into the discussions and decisions that determine such an important aspect of our daily life.' CANCER CARE NEWS
 

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Contents

The politics of creation
1
The politics of consolidation
23
The politics of technocratic change
46
The politics of disillusionment
76
The politics of value for money
105
The politics of the big bang
140
The politics of The Third Way
187
The politics of reinvention
212
The politics of transition
254
From church to garage
280
Index
299
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