Health Policy in Britain

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Systematically updated throughout, the sixth edition of this leading text takes the story of health policy to the end of the Blair era and into the early years of the Brown premiership. It offers a clear and thorough introduction to the history of the NHS, its funding and priorities, and to the process of policy making.

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Overview

Systematically updated throughout, the sixth edition of this leading text takes the story of health policy to the end of the Blair era and into the early years of the Brown premiership. It offers a clear and thorough introduction to the history of the NHS, its funding and priorities, and to the process of policy making.

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"Chris Ham is unrivalled in his ability to distil and synthesise complex policy developments and present them in a clear and digestible manner for non-specialists... Everyone with an interest in health policy should possess a copy of this book." — Ray Robinson, Health Service Journal

"It can be safely and warmly recommended as certainly the most up-to-date — and probably also the best — text available for anyone interested in Britain's NHS, and seeking a guide through the maze." — Rudolf Klein, British Book News

"Christopher Ham's book... is clearly written with little jargon and is admirably brief without being superficial." — J.A. Muir Gray, British Medical Journal

"It is hard to find a better textbook about health policy in Britain for students with little existing knowledge. However, it can also be highly recommended for readers who work in the NHS, but want to make more sense of the often confusing web of policies and imperatives. This book manages to synthesise a maze of material in a readable form and enlightens as well as informs." — Public Health

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230507579
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Series: Public Policy and Politics Series
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTOPHER HAM is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Birmingham, UK. He was Director of the Strategy Unit in the Department of Health between 2000 and 2004 and was awarded a CBE in 2004.

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Table of Contents

The Development of Health Services and Health Policy
• Health Policy under Thatcher and Major

Health Policy under Blair and Brown
• Financing Health Services and the Rediscovery of Public Health
• Policy and Priorities in the NHS * Policy-making in Westminster and Whitehall * Policy-making in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland * Policy-making in the Department of Health * Implementing Health Policy
• Auditing and evaluating health policy and the NHS
• Power in Health Services

Looking back and looking ahead * Conclusion

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