What have been the defining characteristics, trends and changes of Britain’s post-war public policy? Developments in British Public Policy provides a comprehensive review of all the key public policy sectors in contemporary British Politics today. Each chapter is written by a leading authority on each policy sector, and includes definitions of key terms, examples and case studies, questions for discussion, and suggestions for further reading. It will be essential reading for all students of contemporary British public policy and will serve as an ideal companion to Policy-Making in Britain: An Introduction.

Health Policy

Health policy


Since 1945, health policy in Britain has operated within a framework of improving standards of living and health, and in the context of rising expectations of what a health service should deliver. There have been public admiration and electoral support for health services, but criticisms of specific aspects of the delivery of health care. For most of this period, the media, in particular television, have played an important role in projecting images of health care to the public. The funding of the NHS has been a constant and unresolved dilemma throughout, adding to – and to some extent underpinning – the problem of staff shortages, and difficulties in attracting appropriate personnel. At key moments, individual Health Secretaries – most notably Aneurin Bevan ...

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