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Ethics and the management of health and social care

Jeff Girling

in Ethics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347558
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302216 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.003.0011
Ethics and the management of health and social care

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This chapter argues that policy trends in health and social care provide us with a stark reminder of the desirability of searching for an appropriate ethic to help guide the practice of management. At the same time, it is argued that there are no ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions. Even if there were, these should be treated with extreme caution. This is because the challenge lies very squarely before management itself. It has to find its own approach and method of formalising learning in order to enable effective managerial practice. What is offered here is best seen as a ‘starter for ten’. There is much work still to be done if managers are to build on the assumption which underpins the suggested framework that ethical and general managerial decision making are interdependent, and need to be recognised as such and developed together.

Keywords: health care; social care; management practice; ethical management

Chapter.  4652 words.  Illustrated.

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