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`This excellent, concise and even-handed book confronts the contradictions and dilemmas at the heart of today's NHS. The book is aimed at healthcare professionals and students of health policy, and covers its major themes over the past 60 years, with particular attention to Labour's policy agenda since 1997' - Healthmatters Health Policy for Health Care Professionals is a contemporary guide to the health service, its origins and current agenda, which focuses on the challenges faced by health service workers in implementing government policy at local level. The book's aim is to help health care professionals make assessments of health policy by giving them an understanding of the ideological basis of the British health care system and the challenges facing the modern National Health Service. is ...

The Prelude to Today's National Health Service: The Ideological, Political and Economic Context for the Public Services in Britain
The prelude to today's national health service: The ideological, political and economic context for the public services in britain

This chapter will examine those significant precursor events that shaped the environment in which the present-day NHS exists. In doing so, this will also locate the NHS within the overall provision of public services for the nation.

The Reasons for the Welfare State in Britain, 1948–70

Any attempts to study the workings of the welfare state require careful consideration of its history as well as a rigorous analysis of its strengths and weaknesses. The welfare state in Britain, of which the NHS is a major and enduring part, is complex. ...

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