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The Health and Social Care Act for England 2012: The extension of ‘new professionalism’

Speed, Ewen and Gabe, Jonathan (2013) 'The Health and Social Care Act for England 2012: The extension of ‘new professionalism’.' Critical Social Policy, 33 (3). pp. 564-574. ISSN 0261-0183

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<jats:p> The 2012 Health and Social Care Act, introduced by the coalition government, has been seen as fundamentally changing the form and content of publicly funded health care provision in England. The legislation was hugely controversial and widely criticized. Much of this criticism pointed to the ways in which the reforms undermined the funding of the National Health Service, and challenged the founding principle of free universal provision. In this commentary we take issue with the argument that the Act represented a radical break with the past and instead suggest that it was an extension of the previous Labour government’s neo-liberal reforms of the public sector. In particular, the Act invoked the principles of ‘new professionalism’ to undermine professional dominance, and attract private providers into statutory health care at the expense of public providers. In turn, this extension of new professionalism may encourage public distrust in the medical profession and absolve the state of much of its statutory health care obligation. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: England; Health and Social Care Act; National Health Service; neoliberalism; new professionalism; public sector
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 May 2013 09:43
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:48

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