The New Politics of the NHS – From Creation to Reinvention (6th edition)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Publication date: 5 October 2010

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(2010), "The New Politics of the NHS – From Creation to Reinvention (6th edition)", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 23 No. 8. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijhcqa.2010.06223hae.001

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The New Politics of the NHS – From Creation to Reinvention (6th edition)

The New Politics of the NHS – From Creation to Reinvention (6th edition)

Article Type: Recent publications From: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Volume 23, Issue 8

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Rudolf Klein,Radcliffe Publsihing,2010,ISBN-10 1846194091; ISBN-13 9781846194092

Keywords: National health service, Healthcare management, Healthcare policy, Performance management

The New Politics of the NHS has become established over a quarter century and five editions as the key overview of the NHS and its processes and paths of influence.

This latest edition remains a clear, easy-to-read guide to often complex debates. It encompasses both the background of the evolution of the NHS since its foundation, and a completely up-to-date picture of its present and future in a more pluralistic – and possibly more financially austere – era in which deference to medical expertise is eroding and information on health and care is far more widely available.

Assuming no prior knowledge of NHS politics and systems, The New Politics of the NHS focuses on management, structure, centralisation, funding, economic performance, challenges, current party political debates, interest groups and rationing, and also on the NHS’ institutional and cultural continuity as a tax-funded service providing comprehensive, universal healthcare free at the point of delivery.

It is a vital update for all healthcare professionals, NHS managers, policy makers and shapers, and those in special interest groups including patient advocacy organisations.

Contents include:

  • The politics of creation.

  • The politics of consolidation.

  • The politics of technocratic change.

  • The politics of disillusionment.

  • The politics of value for money.

  • The politics of the big bang.

  • The politics of reinvention.

  • The politics of transition.

  • From church to garage.