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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 ...

Generating Financial Resources and Making Better Use of Them
Generating financial resources and making better use of them

Reference was made in Chapter 2 (page 29) to the equity principles on which the NHS was founded and to the ways in which government have adhered to these. Indeed, it is these same principles that underpinned the NHS Plan that was New Labour's 10-year scheme for modernisation, considered in Chapter 3 (page 46) (DOH, 2000a).

It is these objectives concerning fairness within the NHS that also form the kernel of the debate about how it should be funded so that these can be met adequately. Equity in British health care concerns care and treatment that is:

  • largely free at the point of delivery;
  • comprehensive in its range of services;
  • available when ...
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