Hospital contribution and civil society: humanity not democracy?

Martin Gorsky, John Mohan and Tim Willis

in Mutualism and Health Care

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780719065781
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701423 | DOI:
Hospital contribution and civil society: humanity not democracy?

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This chapter investigates the role of hospital contributory schemes as mediators of popular participation in health provision in Great Britain. It presents empirical evidence on the scope for grassroots or local involvement in decision-making and explores the structures and procedures of representation. It examines how active contributors were in the movement, in terms both of attendances in democratic forums and of the nature of the leadership which the movement selected to represent it. The analysis reveals that contributory schemes took their role as bastions of worker democracy very seriously.

Keywords: hospital contributory schemes; popular participation; health provision; Great Britain; local involvement; decision-making; democratic forums; worker democracy

Chapter.  14423 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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