An independent NHS: what's in it for patients and citizens?

LEVY David A.L.
Picker Institute Europe
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The document supports the case for distancing the NHS from government, but says that a major reorganisation should only take place if it promises to offer benefits to patients. "While NHS structures have been radically reformed in recent years," Levy writes, "amid constant political debate and frequent intervention in almost every aspect of the service, it is hard for patients and citizens to know just where the buck stops." The paper looks at whether the BBC's 2007 Charter might offer a model for the NHS.  The manifesto for the period from 2007 was published in 2004 and entitled 'Building Public Value'. Levy suggests that structuring an independent NHS like the BBC would make it clearer who is in charge of the service, what resources are available to the service, where these resources came from and how they are used.

Subject terms:
mass media, NHS, organisational structure, patients, accountability, citizenship;
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United Kingdom
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978 1 905945 18 4

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