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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 role of the public in health policy

The role of the public in health policy

(p.183) Eight The role of the public in health policy
Healthcare in the UK

Ian Greener

Policy Press

This chapter examines the role of the public in the healthcare sector in Great Britain, particularly in the history of the NHS. It suggests that the public have moved from being clients of health professionals and rights-oriented citizens at the creation of the NHS to being consumers of healthcare and having both rights and responsibilities. It contends that the process by which doctors have come to treat patients as co-producers of care rather than as passive recipients of it has taken longer to come about, but there are signs of considerable improvement.

Keywords:   public, healthcare, Great Britain, NHS, rights-oriented citizens, doctors, co-producers of care, health professionals, passive recipients

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