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The History of Medicine, Money and Politics: Riding the Rollercoaster of State Medicine Paperback – 1 Jul 2008

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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Clinical Press Ltd; First Edition edition (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854570501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854570505
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 1.6 x 33.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,847,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It is to Professor Goddards credit that he does not trade on his international reputation as a radiologist, or a pioneer of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. In fact., his specialty is barely alluded to, Instead he is everymans Virgil, guiding the reader through a medical timeline." -- B Kelly, Consultant Radiologist, The Royal Hospitals, Belfast.

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Prof Goddard, a lifelong specialist in the NHS had to write this book after he retired - firstly to exorcise some demons that were troubling him about the system we all love and cling to but complain about, and secondly because writing this book in post would have probably led to a swift knife in the back from hospital managers and a disciplinary GMC hearing.
Personal? very. Idiosyncratic? Definitely, Flawed? Possibly, Passionate? yes - on every page his passion shines through. Professor Goddard left John Humphries speechless on last week's today programme and has made headlines this week in UK popular press. Why are there so many managers and what have they achieved? Do old people get fed in hospital?Do doctors?Is the NHS in terminal decline? Why dont consultants name badges say doctor on them any more?
Prof Goddard has been a front line witness of medicine and its politics all his working life, starting out as a night nurse and ending up as a professor.He recounts how junior doctors first got overtime payments for their 120 hour weeks, (at 30% of their hourly rate) how the Bristol Heart Inquiry has paradoxically had the opposite effect to that intended
and sundry other flyonthewall insights. I couldnt sleep after reading this book. See for yourself.
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I recommend this book to anyone having an interest in their great institution, which has for so long been the envy of so many other countries. After a concise but fascinating history of the evolution of modern medicine, we are led into the narrative of an insidious process of devolutionary control which undermines the principles behind the concept. This has already removed much authority and respect from the clinical operators of this well-loved service, which has become much more beaurocratic. Since this book was published, the process has continued, endorsing much of what Dr. Goddard has predicted.

Most of us are now aware that something is happening to the NHS, and whilst I continue to work in it after more than forty years, my experiences in my sphere of the organization mirror Dr. Goddards, which makes me feel uneasy.
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