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Healthcare in the UKUnderstanding continuity and change$
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Ian Greener

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346094

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346094.001.0001

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The double-bed

The double-bed

(p.74) (p.75) Four The double-bed
Healthcare in the UK

Ian Greener

Policy Press

This chapter examines the double-bed relationship between the state and the medical profession in Great Britain, one of the key organisational features of the NHS. It explains that under this relationship there was a dynamic of national accountability and local paternalism. It discusses the changes in the politics of the double-bed since 1948 and suggests that the wider participation of the private sector in the NHS has made the relationship between the state and the medical profession more contingent than before.

Keywords:   double-bed relationship, state, medical profession, Great Britain, NHS, national accountability, local paternalism, private sector

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