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Shaping Health PolicyCase Study Methods and Analysis$
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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

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The case study as history: ‘Ideology, class and the National Health Service’ by Rudolf Klein

The case study as history: ‘Ideology, class and the National Health Service’ by Rudolf Klein

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(p.77) Five The case study as history: ‘Ideology, class and the National Health Service’ by Rudolf Klein
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Shaping Health Policy
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Ian Greener

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.003.0005

This chapter argues that by exploring case studies from the NHS's past, we can gain insights about the dynamics of its organisation and policy in the present. As a means of achieving this, a classic paper examining conflict in the 1970s, Rudolf Klein's ‘Ideology, Class and the National Health Service’ is explored, both in terms of what it tells us about the NHS in the 1970s and what it tells us about the dynamics of health organisation today. Klein's paper covers conflict within the Labour government, and between the Labour government and the medical profession, from 1974 and 1976, over the issue of beds set aside in NHS hospitals for the treatment of private patients.

Keywords:   NHS, pay beds, Rudolf Klein, NHS hospitals, private patients

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