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Social Policy Review 21Analysis and debate in social policy, 2009$
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Kirstein Rummery, Ian Greener, and Chris Holden

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423733

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423733.001.0001

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Tackling squalor? Housing’s contribution to the welfare state

Tackling squalor? Housing’s contribution to the welfare state

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Social Policy Review 21

Douglas Robertson

James Smyth

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This chapter discusses the way in which the foundation and development of the National Health Service can be seen as an example of a shift from negative (reactive) to positive (proactive) welfare. It observes that policy makers and practitioners have themselves taken the opportunity of the sixtieth anniversary of the foundation of the NHS to review the organisation in the light of the contemporary challenges it faces: these reviews have been mixed in their conclusions about the success in moving from a national ‘sickness’ service to one that genuinely promotes and provides ‘health’ to its citizens.

Keywords:   National Health Service, sickness service, health

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