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Social policy review 22Analysis and debate in social policy, 2010$
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Ian Greener, Chris Holden, and Majella Kilkey

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427113

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427113.001.0001

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Health policy under New Labour: not what it seems?

Health policy under New Labour: not what it seems?

Chapter:
(p.51) Three Health policy under New Labour: not what it seems?
Source:
Social policy review 22
Author(s):

Ruane Sally

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427113.003.0004

This chapter suggests that health policy under ‘New Labour’ is not entirely what it seems, exploring a number of contradictions in health policy and the role of ‘spin’ in government at the same time. It asks how it is that, despite Labour's health policy being more radical than even the previous Conservative Thatcher government, there is relatively little debate around the direction of policy, even despite the British people's emotional attachment to the NHS. It suggests that Labour's presentation of their health policy has been extremely important in understanding these tensions because they have managed to present their reforms as modernisation rather than privatisation, they have been able to claim significant increases in health expenditure, which again act as a distraction from their increased use of non-public providers of healthcare, and finally, that ministers have claimed to have achieved far greater say in the NHS despite the absence of virtually any kind of accountability checks in Labour's reforms.

Keywords:   New Labour, health policy, spin, Conservative Thatcher government, NHS, modernisation, privatisation, Labour's reforms

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