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The case study as history: ‘Ideology, class and the National Health Service’ by Rudolf Klein

Ian Greener

in Shaping Health Policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427588
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305576 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.003.0005
The case study as history: ‘Ideology, class and the National Health Service’ by Rudolf Klein

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This chapter argues that by exploring case studies from the NHS's past, we can gain insights about the dynamics of its organisation and policy in the present. As a means of achieving this, a classic paper examining conflict in the 1970s, Rudolf Klein's ‘Ideology, Class and the National Health Service’ is explored, both in terms of what it tells us about the NHS in the 1970s and what it tells us about the dynamics of health organisation today. Klein's paper covers conflict within the Labour government, and between the Labour government and the medical profession, from 1974 and 1976, over the issue of beds set aside in NHS hospitals for the treatment of private patients.

Keywords: NHS; pay beds; Rudolf Klein; NHS hospitals; private patients

Chapter.  7889 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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