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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 Major Challenges for a Modernised NHS
The major challenges for a modernised NHS
Introduction

Despite its claims about modernisation, the NHS Plan can be seen as sustaining, through improved capability and additional assets, the customary NHS model that is dominated by the provision of acute care. Its blandness that its critics observed was exemplified in its recommendations for the overall public health (Calman et al., 2001). It was somewhat modest in that it failed to address initially the evidence that many causes of morbidity and mortality are beyond the scope of the NHS and reside in such diverse factors as socio-economic circumstances and personal lifestyles, something that policy makers were to recognise later (DOH, 2003d). Its targets therefore had a flavour of political pragmatism about them, ...

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