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Who choosing what? The evolution of the use of ‘choice’ in the NHS, and its importance for New Labour

Ian Greener

in Social Policy Review 15

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9781847424709
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303428 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424709.003.0004
Who choosing what? The evolution of the use of ‘choice’ in the NHS, and its importance for New Labour

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This chapter addresses the role of ‘choice’ in UK health policy documents. It studies the changes in who is meant to make choices in the National Health Service and the kinds of choices that they are supposed to be making. It considers ‘choice’ as a key aspect of consumerism in contemporary welfare policy. The chapter also compares patient choice with previous attempts to use choice as a policy instrument, and then considers its future implications.

Keywords: choice; UK health policy; National Health Service; consumerism; welfare policy; patient choice

Chapter.  8855 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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