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Reforming healthcare
What's the evidence?

Ian Greener, Barbara E. Harrington, David J. Hunter, Russell Mannion, Martin Powell
Hardback, 176 pages, 234 x 156 mm
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03 Jun 2014


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NHS reform continues to be a topical yet contentious issue in the UK. Reforming healthcare: What's the evidence? is the first major critical overview of the research published on healthcare reform in England from 1990 onwards by a team of leading UK health policy academics. It explores work considering the Conservative internal market of the 1990s and New Labour's healthcare reorganizations, including its attempts at performance management and the reintroduction of market-based reform from 2004 to 2010. It then considers the implications of this research for current debates about healthcare reorganization in England, and internationally. As the most up-to-date summary of what research says works in English healthcare reform, this essential review is aimed at anyone interested in the wide-ranging debates about health reorganization, but especially students and academics interested in social policy, public management and health policy.

Author Biography

Ian Greener is Professor of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University. He is the author of numerous articles and books on healthcare reorganization and public management. Barbara E. Harrington is Senior Research Associate in the Department of Healthcare, Northumbria University. She has worked as a researcher on several health and social policy research projects and was the Research Fellow and co-author on the National Institute of Health Research funded project, “A realistic review of clinico-managerial relationships in the NHS: 1991-2010”, the findings from which have contributed to the book. David J. Hunter is Director and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Durham University. He is author of The health debate and co-author of The public health system in England (both published by The Policy Press) and co-editor of a series of public health research texts for The Policy Press. Russell Mannion holds the Chair in Health Systems at the University of Birmingham. He has authored or co-authored four books, with 'Cultures for Performance in Health Care' (Oxford University Press, 2005) winning the 2005 Baxter European book award. Martin Powell is Professor of Health and Social Policy at the University of Birmingham. He has authored or edited over 10 books (including 7 for The Policy Press), and has written over 60 journal articles on health and social policy.


The NHS in 1990
Reorganising the NHS, 1990–2010
'Central control' reorganisation in the NHS in the 2000s
Local dynamic reform in the NHS since 2000
The prospects for NHS reorganisation post-2010


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