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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 Modernisation Agenda of the NHS
The modernisation agenda of the NHS

This chapter will build on the factors identified in Chapter 1. In particular it will address the prolific modernisation plans that were commenced following the election of New Labour in 1997. This state of change seems likely to continue relentlessly for the foreseeable future irrespective of which government is in office because all the major parties are committed to their own version of NHS reform.

A Unique Set of Intentions

The NHS brought order out of chaos. It was conceived in the early 1940s and introduced in 1948 because the British health care system prior to World War II was in a state of disarray. Health care had been uncoordinated. It was delivered inefficiently, its supply ...

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