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  • Contents
  • Subject index

Written by leading academics in their field this book provides a clear and considered overview of the politics of health care in Britain. Bringing together a wide range of material on both past events and recent developments, the chapters cover issues such as the politics of health professionalism, clinical knowledge, and organization and management.

The Politics of Contradiction: Three Case Studies
The politics of contradiction: Three case studies

In this final chapter, we depart from the formula employed in earlier chapters in order to present three case studies that illustrate significant contradictions in the contemporary politics of healthcare. The first case examines the tensions created by simultaneously applying separate and contradictory policies, namely the prioritisation of both lay (consumerist) and expert (‘evidence-based’) opinions. The stories of the drug beta interferon and the measles-mumps-rubella ‘triple vaccine’ are told in some detail in order to illustrate the twists and turns of real politics. The second case examines the ...

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