Health Policy in Britain: The Politics and Organization of the National Health Service, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Health Policy in Britain

The Politics and Organization of the National Health Service, 1st Edition

By Christopher Ham


224 pages

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Covers Britain's National Health Service, its policy, and structure.

Table of Contents

•Figures and Tables Preface to the First Edition

•Preface to the Second Edition




The Development of Health Services and Health Policy •Public Health Services

•Mothers and Young Children

•Health Insurance

•Hospital Services

•The Establishment of the National Health Service

•The Structure of the National Health Service

•The NHS between 1948 and 1974

•The Reorganisation of the NHS

•The Reorganised National Health Service

•The Griffiths Inquiry into NHS Management


Contemporary Issues in Health Policy •Health Services Financing

•Private Health Care

•Health and Efficiency

•Resource Allocation in the NHS

•Primary Care, Community Health and Prevention

•Hospital Services

•Services for Elderly People

•Mentally Handicapped People

•Mental Illness

•Maternity and Child Health Services

•Planning and Priorities

•Joint Planning


The Policy-Making Process in Central Government •What is Policy?

•The Policy Process

•British Central Government


•The Prime Minister and Cabinet

•Ministers and Civil Servants

•Relationships between Departments

•Outside Interest

•Pluralism or Corporatism?


Making and Changing Health Policy • The Policy Community

•The Policy Process

•The Sources of Policy Inputs

•Policy Analysis in the DHSS

Implementing Health Policy •The Administration of the NHS

•The Role of the DHSS

•Professional Influences on Policy Implementation

•Policy-Making in Health Authorities


The Impact of Health Services •The Availability of Health Services

•Monitoring and Evaluating Services


Power in Health Services •Marxist Approaches


•Structuralist Approaches

•Concepts of Health

•Power, Interests and Ideology

•Conclusion and Summary

•Guide to Further Reading References


About the Author

Professor Sir Chris Ham CBE is a health policy academic who started life as a political scientist. He has been chief executive of the King's Fund since 2010. He was professor of health policy and management at University of Birmingham's health services management centre from 1992 to 2010. He was seconded to the Department of Health where he was Director of the Strategy Unit working with Alan Milburn and John Reid until 2004

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health