The National Health Service

The National Health Service : A Political History

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The National Health Service was established at a time when health care in the United Kingdom was desperately in need of improvement. This OPUS looks at the political decisions surrounding its foundation and the purpose which it was intended to serve. Despite many changes of political ethos since its foundation on 5 July 1948, every government has declared its intention to maintain and improve the National Health Service. Nevertheless, the National Health Service has faced some almost cyclical problems, while apparently new ideas (for example, the introduction of a chief executive) in fact have a long ancestry, and there is a drift towards a seemingly endless pattern of reorganization. Charles Webster's narrative concentrates on policy issues of major import to the patient and consumer including funding, resources, and health issues, as well as recognizing the achievements and limitations of this major national institution.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 210mm | 275g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 figures, bibliography, index
  • 0192892967
  • 9780192892966

Table of contents

Preface, List of Figures, List of Tables, 1. Creation and Consolidation, 2. Planning and Reorganization; 3. Continuous Revolution; Appendix: General Elections, Prime Ministers, and Health Ministers from 1945; Index
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