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Healthcare in the UKUnderstanding continuity and change$
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Ian Greener

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346094

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346094.001.0001

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The creation of the NHS and its relevance for today

The creation of the NHS and its relevance for today

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(p.13) Two The creation of the NHS and its relevance for today
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Healthcare in the UK
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Ian Greener

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346094.003.0009

This chapter examines the creation of the NHS and its relevance for health policy making today. It suggests that three key organisational features are central to understanding the NHS when it was created in 1948 and that three key principles were embedded in its organisational form. It outlines the process through which the three organisational features and principles emerged explains that key organisational features of the NHS which was tripartism, the double-bed relationship between the state and the medical profession and the general taxation funding mechanism chosen for the NHS.

Keywords:   NHS, health policy, organisational features, organisational, tripartism, double-bed relationship, general taxation

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