The Politics of Healthcare in Britain
- Stephen Harrison - University of Manchester, UK
- Ruth McDonald - University of Manchester, UK
-Michael Calnan, University of Bristol
Written by leading academics in their field this book provides a clear and considered overview of the politics of health care in Britain. Bringing together a wide range of material on both past events and recent developments, the chapters cover issues such as the politics of health professionalism, clinical knowledge, and organization and management.
Each chapter offers a unique combination of theory, historical detail and analysis of contemporary events. It features case studies to illustrate how policy has evolved and developed in recent years, and the implications these changes have for practice. Written in an accessible style the chapters also include comprehensive introductions, summaries, and further reading sections. The final chapter is based on three detailed case studies that illuminate the tensions and debates discussed throughout the book.
The Politics of Healthcare in Britain is a timely and authoritative textbook that covers a key topic of the curriculum whilst also contributing to topical debates. The book will be essential reading for students of social policy, health policy, public policy and nursing. It will also be of interest to policy makers and practitioners in the field of health care.
This is an interested text which I have recommended for another course which looks at health inequalities and class.
Well written, easy to navigate chapters. Explains complex issues well.
would help give students a deeper perspectives into the healthcare system in the UK
One of two essential texts for the course. Well-defined chapters are useful for students (ie studying one chapter per week for each specific topic) and the suggestions for the further reading at the end of each chapter are particularly useful as they are not simply a list of books, but include an idea of content and emphasis for each recommendation. The final chapter of case studies (e.g. MMR vaccination, devolution, evidence-based medicine, healthcare inequalities) offers good material for seminar discussions.
This book is a useful resource that will provide health and social care students on a social policy module with essential background reading to some of the current issues in practice.
Essential background reading for evidence-based practice in todays NHS
As background to current issues facing the NHS
The book provides useful further information on British health policy.