`It has particular appeal for health-care professionals and managers with an interest in corporate and clinical governance' - British Journal of Perioperative Nursing In recent years the health professions have been subject to unprecedented regulatory changes. Exposure of poor practice provoked widespread criticism of self-regulation and calls for a system in which the interests of health care consumers and employers are more fully recognized. Examining the historical and contemporary context, Regulating the Health Professions provides an in-depth analysis of professional self-regulation and the implications of regulatory change for the future of health care. Part One sets out general regulatory issues in the healthcare arena with chapters covering the impact of globalization on the professions, the purpose of professional regulation, the legal context of regulation and the significance of professional codes of ethics. In Part Two, issues specific to the different professions are explored through chapters on medicine, nursing, dentistry, the professions allied to medicine, clinical psychology and alternative medicine. This extremely topical book will be of interest to students, educators and researchers in a wide range of disciplines including sociology, social policy, politics and health studies, and to healthcare professionals and their managers.
Regulatory Politics, Health Professionals, and the Public Interest
The regulation of doctors obviously has its own special features. But to treat the regulation of the medical profession as simply something special to medicine is to miss a key feature: doctors are regulated in societies where numerous other occupations and markets are also regulated. (Moran and Wood 1993: 16)
The regulation of doctors and other health professionals in the United Kingdom and elsewhere must not be studied in isolation. To do so closes off important avenues of inquiry arising from studies of the regulatory process that employ a range of social science perspectives, including those of sociologists and economists. Political scientists, too, have a long-established interest in regulation. Their contribution, ...