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.

The Structure of Healthcare in the UK: Continuity and Change

The structure of healthcare in the uk: Continuity and change

Chapter Contents

  • Introduction
  • The historical background to the development of the NHS
  • The National Health Service 1948-1989
  • Reforming the Structure of the NHS: 1990 and beyond
  • The NHS in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  • Summary


The founding of the NHS sixty years ago created a state funded system of universal healthcare, replacing the disorganised mixture of charity, local ...

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