Opening the oyster: the 2010-11 NHS reforms in England.

Reynolds, L; McKee, M; (2012) Opening the oyster: the 2010-11 NHS reforms in England. Clinical medicine (London, England), 12 (2). pp. 128-32. ISSN 1470-2118

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: This opinion paper briefly considers the credibility of the announced rationale behind the current extensive reform of the NHS in light of recent research evidence about performance of the system. The paper outlines the authors' views of the history of the reform, which originates in a set of documents, produced in the late 1980s by the Centre for Policy Studies, which aimed to introduce private sector involvement throughout the NHS, and a brief report by a consultant for a health maintenance organisation in the USA. Tracking of the pro-private sector changes in the NHS demonstrates that the bill is a major step in the implementation of NHS privatisation and also delineates a roadmap for coming developments, which have been explained to corporate providers and investors seeking new profit opportunities but have not yet been debated openly with the electorate in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: ECOHOST - The Centre for Health and Social Change
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 22586786
Web of Science ID: 302845000009


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