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The British National Health Service 1948–2008: A Review of the Historiography
  • M. Gorsky
  • Medicine
  • Social History of Medicine
  • 19 October 2008
TLDR
The over-arching narrative is one of transition from paternalism and technocratic planning to market disciplines and a discourse of choice, and of the ceding of professional autonomy by clinicians to managers and to the state. Expand
The growth and distribution of English friendly societies in the early nineteenth century
This article provides a conceptual framework for the growth and distribution of early English friendly societies before 1815.
Public health and English local government: historical perspectives on the impact of ‘returning home’
TLDR
Challenges faced before 1974 raise organizational and political issues relevant to local councils today as they embed new public health teams, and the need for a coherent vision and rationale for public health action in local authorities is focused on. Expand
Local leadership in public health: the role of the medical officer of health in Britain, 1872–1974
  • M. Gorsky
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
  • 11 May 2007
TLDR
The role and achievements of the medical officer of health, the local government official charged with public health responsibilities, is discussed and the history of local leadership in public health may offer some enduring lessons. Expand
Community Involvement in Hospital Governance in Britain: Evidence from before the National Health Service
  • M. Gorsky
  • Economics, Medicine
  • International journal of health services…
  • 1 October 2008
TLDR
It is argued that historical precedent is not particularly encouraging, either for the prospect of broadening popular participation or for making services more responsive to local needs. Expand
World health by place: the politics of international health system metrics, 1924–c. 2010*
TLDR
This article examines the development of health system metrics by international organizations, exploring their relationship to the politics of world health, and draws on diverse statistical publications to provide an empirical overview of change and continuity. Expand
‘Searching for the People in Charge’: Appraising the 1983 Griffiths NHS Management Inquiry
  • M. Gorsky
  • Medicine
  • Medical History
  • 1 January 2013
TLDR
Examining one of the key events in this history, the Griffiths NHS Inquiry of 1983, which put in place the principles of ‘general management’ in the NHS, offers fresh perspectives on the reasons why the Conservative government embarked on this reform. Expand
Don't look back ? Voluntary and charitable finance of hospitals in Britain, past and present
This book provides a reassessment of the role of charitable and voluntary fundraising for health care, with a particular focus on the hospital. It does so firstly by summarising the principalExpand
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