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Dismantling the NHS?Evaluating the Impact of Health Reforms$
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Mark Exworthy, Russell Mannion, and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447330226

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447330226.001.0001

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‘Groundhog Day’: the Coalition government’s quality and safety reforms

‘Groundhog Day’: the Coalition government’s quality and safety reforms

(p.323) Sixteen ‘Groundhog Day’: the Coalition government’s quality and safety reforms
Dismantling the NHS?

Martin Powell

Russell Mannion

Policy Press

Quality and safety are defined and measured in different ways by academics, commentators and agencies, while the relationships between them are viewed in different ways. Raleigh and Foot write that while the definitions of quality vary in different settings, some themes – safety, effectiveness and patient experience – are common to most quality frameworks and are regarded as the three pillars of quality in healthcare. This chapter examines these three pillars, and, after a brief review of earlier periods, it focuses on reforms in England under the Coalition government. It then explores the impact of reforms on quality and safety, providing a wider comparative perspective.

Keywords:   quality, safety, healthcare, reforms, Coalition government

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