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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 1983 Griffiths Inquiry

The 1983 Griffiths Inquiry

(p.135) Nine The 1983 Griffiths Inquiry
Shaping Health Policy

Fraser Macfarlane

Mark Exworthy

Micky Willmott

Policy Press

Without the 1983 ‘Griffiths’ Inquiry, NHS management would probably not look or act like it does today. This chapter reflects on ‘Griffiths’ as a case study and the introduction of general management after a period of over 25 years of reflection. It aims to trace the background to the changes as well as set out the impact of general management in the shorter and longer terms. It argues that ‘Griffiths’ was a result of a radical change in public sector organisation — moving from a consensus approach to one with formal management, indicative of the New Public Management which was sweeping across the public sector in the 1980s. The ‘Griffiths’ Inquiry is therefore a useful case study that serves as a lens through which to regard the development of NHS management (and indeed, broader public management).

Keywords:   health managers, Roy Griffiths Inquiry, NHS, NHS management, general management

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