Sets out to examine arguments that attribute a lack of an ethical dimension to the management function.
Discusses the role of health service managers in the context of the NHS and the political and economic contexts in which they operate.
The challenge faced by senior managers in the NHS, i.e. trying to provide high‐quality, accessible services and to remain within budgets, is recognised as formidable and ethically complex.
Efficiency and choice can be compatible objectives but their achievement within the NHS is likely to be more difficult than political rhetoric might suggest.
Palfrey, C., Thomas, P. and Phillips, C. (2006), "Health services management: what are the ethical dimensions?", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 57-66. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513550610640393Download as .RIS
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