Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Shaping Health PolicyCase Study Methods and Analysis$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Mark Exworthy, Stephen Peckham, Martin Powell, and Alison Hann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427588

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Hospital policy in England and Wales: of what is the 1962 Hospital Plan a case?

Hospital policy in England and Wales: of what is the 1962 Hospital Plan a case?

Chapter:
(p.59) Four Hospital policy in England and Wales: of what is the 1962 Hospital Plan a case?
Source:
Shaping Health Policy
Author(s):

John Mohan

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.003.0004

The Hospital Plan for England and Wales (Ministry of Health, 1962) was a ten-year programme of hospital construction and reconstruction involving 90 new and 134 substantially remodelled hospitals. It was simultaneously an attempt to modernise hospital stock, to save capital expenditure by imposing a degree of standardisation on hospital construction, to reduce revenue expenditure by cutting running costs and to redistribute resources on the basis of need. Nearly half a century on, how should we view the Hospital Plan? It has generally had a good press in both academic and nonacademic texts. The Hospital Plan exists — and existed — in name only, but there are multiple interpretations of what it symbolised; it is far more than a case of decision making. Some interpretations lead, using new evidence, to a revised verdict on the Plan's coherence and of the arguments advanced in previous case studies. New lenses will enable us to look at events in different ways and with the benefit of longer-term perspectives — as in the discussion of the Plan as an exemplar of modernity and modernisation.

Keywords:   NHS, health policy, hospital plan, hierarchical regionalism

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.