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Social Policy Review 28Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2016$
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Menno Fenger, John Hudson, and Catherine Needham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331797

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.001.0001

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Coalition health policy: a game of two halves or the final whistle for the NHS?

Coalition health policy: a game of two halves or the final whistle for the NHS?

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(p.23) Two Coalition health policy: a game of two halves or the final whistle for the NHS?
Source:
Social Policy Review 28
Author(s):

Martin Powell

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447331797.003.0002

This chapter contains an analysis of the development of the NHS under the Coalition Government. While some argue that under the Coalition Government the UK approaches the end of the NHS, the analysis shows that the reforms initiated by the Coalition Government have diverging directions and diverging ideological foundations. Whereas in the first part of the Coalition Government’s rule merely competition, privatization and marketization dominated the debate, the second part stills carries the heritages of the neo-liberal paradigm but also introduces other measures to improve the performance of the NHS and guarantee its financial sustainability: prevention, integration and localisation. But the question is if these initiatives are strong enough to guarantee a bright future for the NHS.

Keywords:   NHS, privatisation, financial sustainability, coalition government, UK

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