A guest post by Suzanne Kelsey, who is a key campaigner for the NHS, amongst other things.
In 1988, when Margaret Thatcher had been in office for some 9 years, and the very foundations of our NHS had been shaken with more of the public encouraged to use private medical care, there were serious concerns about capacity in the hospital services as waiting lists increased and wards closed. The Conservative government appointed a group of people, without consulting the health professions, to look at this growing problem.
As a result of this the NHS experienced the most significant cultural shift since its inception with a White Paper entitled, ‘Working for Patients, ’ which proposed what we now know as the ‘Internal Market’ and the development of the purchase provider split. GPs become the purchaser and the hospitals are the providers. This passed into law as the NHS and Community Care…
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