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Modernising the welfare stateThe Blair legacy$
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Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420404

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420404.001.0001

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The NHS after 10 years of New Labour

The NHS after 10 years of New Labour

(p.17) two The NHS after 10 years of New Labour
Modernising the welfare state

Calum Paton

Policy Press

This chapter reviews New Labour's health policy, focusing on the modernization of the NHS. New Labour has influenced levels of NHS expenditure for the future by its financial settlements for the NHS since 2000. In turn, it has been influenced by neoliberal (originally Conservative) ideas for running the NHS. New Labour had stronger public health pretensions in 1997 but lost much of the impetus through destabilising and marginalising the public health function as a result of persistent reorganisation, as well as the superseding of public health concerns through economic choices (in terms of drinking hours and gambling, for example, as well as the wider absence of macro-redistribution) – with the ‘no smoking’ policy the major exception.

Keywords:   Labour party, health policy, modernisation, National Health Service, neoliberal policy, public health

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