This book provides a critical assessment of developments in health and healthcare policy. Primarily focusing on the UK, the chapters cover issues such as the policy-making process; the development of the NHS; health care governance; health promotion; and the comparative analysis of health care systems within the EU and US. Each chapter brings together social and political themes to offers a unique combination of theory, historical detail, and wider social commentary.
For over two decades now, the structure and organisation of healthcare in Britain has been in a permanent state of transformation and change. The Conservative government under Margaret Thatcher's leadership initiated this period of reform by seeking to introduce market forces into the post-war state system of ...