- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Verso Books (3 Aug. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844670112
- ISBN-13: 978-1844670116
- Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 0.3 x 2.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
NHS Plc: The Privatisation of Our Health Care Hardcover – 3 Aug 2004
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'If "what matters is what works", this book makes clear that healthcare markets can not serve the British people well. -- Iain Chalmers, Editor, James Lind Library
'Professor Pollock offers a critical contribution to the key issues in contemporary political and policy debate.' -- James Johnson, British Medical Association
This is a shocking story, brilliantly told, by one of the leading thinkers in the field of public health policy.' -- Raymond Tallis, author of Hippocratic Oaths
About the Author
Allyson Pollock is Professor of Health Policy and Chair of the Health Policy and Health Services Research Unit at University College London.
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Top Customer Reviews
When the Labour party was voted into office in 1997 there was absolutely no way that the vast majority of those who elected them were voting for this policy of piece-meal break-up and privatisation of the NHS. The Orwellian nature of the language that was used to mask the realities of the "modernisation" project; the plethora of public relations personnel and endless spinning involved; the bullying and cajoling of opponents of the reform (including Allyson Pollock herself) all speak volumes for the lack of any popular mandate. So much for British democracy.
Pollock details the growing effects of "modernisation" on many NHS services including hospitals, GP's, and long term care for the elderly, and makes a cogent case for the negative effects that the marketisations, commodifications, and privatisations have had on the viability of our National Health Service. In short, the private sector wanted, and largely got, a cut of the NHS's revenues to boost their turnover and profits without incurring even a minimal amount of risk. In a way it is rather reminiscent of the cost-plus contracts that the Bush administration awarded by the bucket load in Iraq.Read more ›
Professor Pollock is unwelcome in Government circles- because she shines a spotlight on the inconsistencies (aka lies), ambiguities (aka favouring big business over NHS) and changes (aka policies doomed to failure even before they waste billions of taxpayers money) that have beset the NHS over the last fifteen years.
Since she originally wrote this book (and was rubbished by Gvt about much of the content), many of her predictions, insights and conclusions have been proven correct.
It should make your blood boil
Her book provides hard evidence to show that the way that the NHS is being "managed" wastes huge amounts of taxpayers money. This book shows why and how the many hard working NHS professionals are being badly served by a completely unecessary, ill concieved and fragmented bureaucracy and its so-called "managers".
Allyson shows how any why the present NHS management system is a bad deal for taxpayers and a bad deal for patients.
Here are some quotes:
"The NHS is being broken up into hundreds of competing trading organisations."
Allyson shows that this is being done to conform to the needs of the ill-conceived "internal market". Allyson also exposes the fundamental flaws that underpin the "internal market" concept.
So who wants the internal market and who benefits from it?
Well, you can expose the roots of any process by asking just two questions:
1: Who pays for it?
2: Who wants it?
The answer to Question 1 is easy: It is the taxpayer and the patients who pay.
The answer to Question 2 is not so clearly visible.
"The dismantling process and its consequences are profoundly anti-democratic and opaque. The catchphrases of 'public-private partnerships', 'modernisation','value for money','local ownership and the rest conceal the extent and real nature of what is happening; moreover, the complexity of health care allows the reality of its transformation into a market to be buried under a thousand half truths.Read more ›
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Brilliant and precise account of the privatisation by successive governments of the NH S
Transforms understanding of what is happening quietly
im a great fan of our nhs, know its not perfect, but for what we pay we get excellent health care, Was terrified when reading this book and what they have planned not just for the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by C. sosseh
a "must read" for anyone interested in the NHS, especially those devoted to its founding ideals.Published 17 months ago by Duncan Allsopp
"the NHS is the UKs national religion" as someone much more eloquent than me once said. You CANNOT say anything about it. Read morePublished 24 months ago by hugo
When you read this book and see how the whole story unfolds it answers lot's of questions regarding other governmental decisions that don't appear to make sense. Read morePublished on 4 April 2014 by Paul Fletcher
If the content of the book is anything like the synopsis, then this book has nothing to contribute to any debate on the NHS, as the author seems to have no idea about economics... Read morePublished on 6 Sept. 2012 by Nautical Nick
This is an excellent book that gives an oversight of many of the issues facing the NHS and, accordingly, society in general.Published on 11 Mar. 2012 by Ms J. Goddard
Everyone has an opinion on what is wrong with the NHS, and the solution to the continual problem of why pouring money into a vast industry doesn't improve its performance. Read morePublished on 29 May 2009 by Scotty13