The NHS and the Health and Social Care Bill: end of Bevan’s vision?

Pollock, Allyson M., Price, David, Talbot-Smith, Alison and Mohan, John (2003) The NHS and the Health and Social Care Bill: end of Bevan’s vision? British Medical Journal, 327, (7421), 982-985. (doi:10.1136/bmj.327.7421.982). (PMID:14576253).


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Although the Labour government has repeatedly pledged its commitment to the NHS, its latest reforms pave the way for multiple providers of health care.

The Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill 2003 is the most controversial piece of legislation to come out of the government's 10 year strategy for the NHS in England. The bill, which abolishes government control of NHS trusts by turning them into competing independent corporations called foundation trusts, is a major policy reversal. It could lead to considerable local variation in services and endangers one of the NHS's founding principles–to provide equal care for equal need.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1136/bmj.327.7421.982
ISSNs: 0959-8138 (print)
1468-5833 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 34893
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
23 October 2003Published
Date Deposited: 17 May 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:02

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