The 1983 Griffiths Inquiry

Fraser Macfarlane, Mark Exworthy and Micky Willmott

in Shaping Health Policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427588
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305576 | DOI:
The 1983 Griffiths Inquiry

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Without the 1983 ‘Griffiths’ Inquiry, NHS management would probably not look or act like it does today. This chapter reflects on ‘Griffiths’ as a case study and the introduction of general management after a period of over 25 years of reflection. It aims to trace the background to the changes as well as set out the impact of general management in the shorter and longer terms. It argues that ‘Griffiths’ was a result of a radical change in public sector organisation — moving from a consensus approach to one with formal management, indicative of the New Public Management which was sweeping across the public sector in the 1980s. The ‘Griffiths’ Inquiry is therefore a useful case study that serves as a lens through which to regard the development of NHS management (and indeed, broader public management).

Keywords: health managers; Roy Griffiths Inquiry; NHS; NHS management; general management

Chapter.  6921 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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