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The National Health Service : a political history /
Charles Webster.
edition
New ed.
imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.
description
xv, 284 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
019925110X
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imprint
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.
isbn
019925110X
general note
Previous ed.: 1998.
catalogue key
4682790
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Of the many books that will be published to mark its anniversary, it seemslikely that this one, by Charles Webster, the former official historian, willreceive the most attention...What is really interesting about this book, and isreflected in the choice of subtitle, is the third chapter, which takes over fromwhere the official historyleaves off, with the election of Margaret Thatcher inMay 1979...This valuable and powerful book packs 50 years into just over 200pages, offering both an indispensable examination of the NHS in its first fivedecades...However until then, some time in the twenty-first century, this bookwill remain the standard guide to the middle-aged NHS./John Welshman Universityof Lancaster/Social HIstory of Medicine Vol 12, no.3 1999.
Review from previous edition Charles Webster has established himself as the doyen amongst modern medical historians in Britain and is the author of the magisterial two volume History of the N.H.S which took the story up to the electionof Thatcher./Joseph Melling University of Exeter/Scienceand Public Policy August 1998.
Review from previous edition Charles Webster has established himself asthe doyen amongst modern medical historians in Britain and is the author of themagisterial two volume History of the N.H.S which took the story up to theelectionof Thatcher./Joseph Melling University of Exeter/Science and PublicPolicy August 1998.
Charles Webster's magisterial and monumental two-volume history of the National Health Service (1988, 1996)...His status of official historian, while it gave him access to the archives denied to others under the thirty-year rule...the two volumes are likely to remain the definitive account ofthe evolution of the NHS for the foreseeable future...Oxford University Press are to be congratulated on making it available at what is, by today's inflationary standards, a remarkably cheap price. It provides an incredibly comprehensive account of the main developments in the NHS./RudolphKlein/Social Policy, vol 28 - No.1, 1999.
Charles Webster's magisterial and monumental two-volume history of theNational Health Service (1988, 1996)...His status of official historian, whileit gave him access to the archives denied to others under the thirty-yearrule...the two volumes are likely to remain the definitive account of theevolution of the NHS for the foreseeable future...Oxford University Press are tobe congratulated on making it available at what is, by today's inflationarystandards, a remarkably cheap price. It provides an incredibly comprehensiveaccount of the main developments in the NHS./Rudolph Klein/Social Policy, vol 28- No.1, 1999.
In this short book, which is brillant digest of his magisterial two-volume official history of the NHS up to 1979, Webster continually points out that while no one was ever completely in charge, vested interest often exerted undue influence" E.H.R Sept 1999
In this short book, which is brillant digest of his magisterial two-volumeofficial history of the NHS up to 1979, Webster continually points out thatwhile no one was ever completely in charge, vested interest often exerted undueinfluence" E.H.R Sept 1999
Of the many books that will be published to mark its anniversary, it seems likely that this one, by Charles Webster, the former official historian, will receive the most attention...What is really interesting about this book, and is reflected in the choice of subtitle, is the third chapter,which takes over from where the official historyleaves off, with the election of Margaret Thatcher in May 1979...This valuable and powerful book packs 50 years into just over 200 pages, offering both an indispensable examination of the NHS in its first five decades...However until then, some time inthe twenty-first century, this book will remain the standard guide to the middle-aged NHS./John Welshman University of Lancaster/Social HIstory of Medicine Vol 12, no.3 1999.
"Webster brings the story up to date with his paperback political history". Medical History April 1999
"Webster brings the story up to date with his paperback politicalhistory". Medical History April 1999
Webster's damning analysis is strong meat ... The authority leant by his intimate acquaintance with more than 50 years of health policy-making means his gloomy view cannot easily be dismissed.
Written with compelling cogency and journalistic flair the book reads like a detective story, providing clues to understanding the New Labour legacy on health policy. This book is a superb guide to understanding the key pressures and logic which drive health policy under Labour. For health service professionals in any doubt that the NHS is relentlessly entwined with the political processes of government, this book firmly and patiently dissects and comments on each aspect of health service life.
1. Creation and Consolidation 2. Planning and Reorganisation 3. Continuous Revolution Conclusions
A vibrant and highly readable account. Webster is probably the most knowledgeable writer about the NHS, and this results in the most comprehensive single volume history of the service available: everyone - even 'experts' - will learn something from it ... It is very much a 'Heineken history', refreshing the parts other histories do not reach. It is an incisive, committed, and judgemental account ... an excellent history.
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Summaries
Long Description
The foundation of the National Health Service on 5 July 1948 was a momentous development in the history of the United Kingdom. Webster's political history is an entirely new and original examination of the NHS from its inception through to its management under the first term of the current Labour government, providing the necessary framework for assessing its future as we enter the new millennium.
Main Description
The foundation of the National Health Service on 5 July 1948 was a momentous development in the history of the United Kingdom. Issues of health care touch the lives of everyone, and the NHS has come to be regarded as the cornerstone of the welfare state and as a model for state-organisedhealth care systems elsewhere. Yet throughout its history, the Service has existed in an atmosphere of crisis. Charles Webster's political history is an entirely new and original examination of the NHS from its inception through to its management under the first term of the current Labourgovernment, providing the necessary framewrork for assessing its future as we enter the new millennium.
Long Description
The foundation of the National Health Service on 5 July 1948 was a momentous development in the history of the United Kingdom. Issues of health care touch the lives of everyone, and the NHS has come to be regarded as the cornerstone of the welfare state and as a model for state-organised health care systems elsewhere. Yet throughout its history, the Service has existed in an atmosphere of crisis. Charles Webster's political history is an entirely new and original examination of the NHS from its inception through to its management under the first term of the current Labour government, providing the necessary framewrork for assessing its future as we enter the new millennium.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text looks at the political decisions surrounding the foundation of the NHS on 5 July 1948 and the purpose which it was intended to serve.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Creation and Consolidationp. 1
Planning and Reorganizationp. 65
Continuous Revolutionp. 140
Conclusionsp. 215
Appendix General Elections, Prime Ministers, And Health Ministers from 1945p. 220
Notesp. 223
Further Readingp. 232
Indexp. 235
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