NHS Plc: The Privatisation of Our Health Care

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Verso, 2004 - Medical - 271 pages
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How this has come about - to the point where even the shrinking core of free NHS hospital services is being handed over to private providers at the taxpayers' expense - is still not widely understood, hidden behind slogans like 'care in the community', 'diversity' and 'local ownership'. Allyson Pollock demystifies these terms, and in doing so presents a clear and powerful analysis of the transition from a comprehensive and universal service to New Labour's 'mixed economy of health care', in which hospitals with foundation status, loosely supervised by an independent regulator, will be run on largely market principles.
 

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Phenomenal book, well sourced with great depth. Well worth reading.

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Contents

Market Prescriptions
1
The Real Cost of Market Prescriptions
18
Privatising the NHS an Overview
34
Hospitals
81
Primary Care
125
Longterm Care for Older People
157
Overcoming Opposition
191
The Emerging Health Care Market
214
Notes
227
Index
255
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Allyson Pollock is Professor of Health Policy and Health Services Research at University College London. A public health doctor, she researches and publishes widely on health policy issues and is a frequent contributor to radio and television discussions.

Colin Leys is Emeritus Professor of Political Studies at Queen's University, Canada. His previous books include Politics in Britain, The Rise and Fall of Development Theory and, with Leo Panitch, The End of Parliamentary Socialism.

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