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The Politics of Healthcare in Britain

The Politics of Healthcare in Britain

December 2007 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This is an excellent textbook for which there is currently a niche in the market. The chapters on rationing, professionalism, politics of clinical knowledge and the politics of democracy and participation are particularly strong and will be invaluable to students of health policy, health studies and health service research' - Professor 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 organisation and management.

Each chapter offers a 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.

The Politics of Health Care Resources and Rationing
The Politics of Health Professionalism
The Politics of Clinical Knowledge
The Politics of Organisation and Management
The Politics of Democracy and Participation
The Politics of Health Care Policy Making
The Politics of Contradiction - Three Case Studies

This is an interested text which I have recommended for another course which looks at health inequalities and class.

Dr Bethany Simmonds
Social, Historical & Literary Studies, Portsmouth University
August 22, 2016

Well written, easy to navigate chapters. Explains complex issues well.

Mrs Rachael Wilson
Education , Tyne Metropolitan College
September 1, 2016

would help give students a deeper perspectives into the healthcare system in the UK

Miss Lee Lui
Faculty of health and social sciences, Kingston University
December 11, 2012

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.

Miss Hannah Perrin
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent
October 2, 2011

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.

Mrs Naomi Clements-Cole
school of health and social care , Oxford Brookes University
March 14, 2011

Essential background reading for evidence-based practice in todays NHS

Miss Marion Aylott
Faculty of Health & Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol
January 12, 2011

As background to current issues facing the NHS

Mr Nigel Slater
Nursing , Nottingham University
November 13, 2009

The book provides useful further information on British health policy.

Dr Yoko Kanemasu
Institute of Health and Society, Worcester University
November 12, 2009

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