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Contributory schemes, working-class governors and local control of hospital policy

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719065781.003.0006
Contributory schemes, working-class governors and local control of hospital policy

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This chapter examines whether contributor participation affected decision-making and signalled a genuine shift in control of institutions and made them more responsive to the needs of local users. It describes the routine work of the administrators of hospital contributory schemes and evaluates whether they expressed patients’ concerns about services. The analysis reveals two areas in which contributors successfully asserted their wishes. These are the rejection by schemes in Scotland and the North East of the hospital means test and the retention of convalescence benefits.

Keywords: contributor participation; decision-making; local users; hospital contributory schemes; patients’ concerns; Scotland; hospital means test; convalescence benefits

Chapter.  10441 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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