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Social Policy Review 15UK and international perspectives$
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Catherine Bochel, Nick Ellison, and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424709

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424709.001.0001

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Who choosing what? The evolution of the use of ‘choice’ in the NHS, and its importance for New Labour

Who choosing what? The evolution of the use of ‘choice’ in the NHS, and its importance for New Labour

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(p.49) Three Who choosing what? The evolution of the use of ‘choice’ in the NHS, and its importance for New Labour
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Social Policy Review 15
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Ian Greener

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424709.003.0004

This chapter addresses the role of ‘choice’ in UK health policy documents. It studies the changes in who is meant to make choices in the National Health Service and the kinds of choices that they are supposed to be making. It considers ‘choice’ as a key aspect of consumerism in contemporary welfare policy. The chapter also compares patient choice with previous attempts to use choice as a policy instrument, and then considers its future implications.

Keywords:   choice, UK health policy, National Health Service, consumerism, welfare policy, patient choice

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