A far-reaching programme of market-oriented changes has resulted in the emergence of a new NHS where increasingly care is delivered by an 'alphabet soup' of agencies and public and private providers.
This is confusing not only to the general public, but also to those working in healthcare.
In this lucid and incisive account of the new NHS, Dr Alison Talbot-Smith, an experienced doctor and researcher, and Professor Allyson M.
Pollock, one of the UKs leading authorities on the NHS, describe: the structures and functions of the new organisations in each of the devolved countries; the funding of NHS services, education, training and research and resource allocation; the regulation of the New NHS systems and workforce; the relationships between the NHS, the Department of Health, local authorities and regulatory bodies, and between the NHS and the private sector; and the future implications of current policies.
This book will be invaluable to those working in healthcare today as clinicians, academics, researchers and managers.
It will also be essential reading for academics, students, and researchers in related fields, as well as the general public.