MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW STYLE HEALTH AUTHORITIES - CONTINUITY OR CHANGE
UNSPECIFIED. (1993) MEMBERSHIP OF THE NEW STYLE HEALTH AUTHORITIES - CONTINUITY OR CHANGE. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, 71 (3). pp. 357-375. ISSN 0033-3298Full text not available from this repository.
The 1989 White Paper 'Working for Patients' continued the process begun by Griffiths of managerial reform and the introduction of private sector concepts into the NHS. One of the new proposals was to change the composition and constitution of health authorities, both to avoid the assumed weaknesses of the existing format and to emulate the pattern found in the private sector.
The essence of the change was the removal of the representational elements on authorities, both of medical professionals and nominees from the local authority. The health authorities were reduced in size to just eleven members and for the first time executives were included. Previous attempts at reform within the NHS have been judged to have resulted in more continuity than change. This article examines in detail who the new members are and assesses the balance between continuity and change.
Despite a high level of continuity of membership, there are signs of more fundamental change. There is a significant increase in the proportion of non-executive members from the private sector and with the inclusion of executives, a stronger managerial role is emerging. The article concludes by assessing what the implications of these changes may be.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)|
|Journal or Publication Title:||PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION|
|Publisher:||BLACKWELL PUBL LTD|
|Number of Pages:||19|
|Page Range:||pp. 357-375|
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