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The double-bed

Ian Greener

in Healthcare in the UK

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781861346094
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302490 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346094.003.0011
The double-bed

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This chapter examines the double-bed relationship between the state and the medical profession in Great Britain, one of the key organisational features of the NHS. It explains that under this relationship there was a dynamic of national accountability and local paternalism. It discusses the changes in the politics of the double-bed since 1948 and suggests that the wider participation of the private sector in the NHS has made the relationship between the state and the medical profession more contingent than before.

Keywords: double-bed relationship; state; medical profession; Great Britain; NHS; national accountability; local paternalism; private sector

Chapter.  15737 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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