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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? BMJ, 327, (7421), pp. 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.

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Published date: 23 October 2003


Local EPrints ID: 34893
ISSN: 0959-8138
PURE UUID: 4f581a6b-2a59-4632-8b68-28b215e7c26a

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Date deposited: 17 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:49

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Author: Allyson M. Pollock
Author: David Price
Author: Alison Talbot-Smith
Author: John Mohan

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