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Healthcare in the UK: Understanding continuity and change

Ian Greener


The National Health Service (NHS) is undergoing a period of significant reform, with the reintroduction of the internal market, a focus on patient choice and the controversial introduction of ‘foundation hospitals’ — all central to New Labour's strategy for changing healthcare in the UK. This book contends that attempts to reform the NHS can only be understood by reference to both the wider social and political contexts, and to the organisational and ideational legacies present within the NHS itself. It aims to take students beyond a basic understanding of the historical development of health ... More

Keywords: National Health Service, internal market, patient choice, foundation hospitals, New Labour, health policy, organisation, society, organisational change, development of policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781861346094
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346094.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Greener, author