Lessons from the History of British Health Policy

by Dr Alex Mold, Professor Virginia Berridge, Dr Tom Crook, Professor Martin Gorsky, Dr Andrew Seaton and Professor Sally Sheard

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‘Health policy’ is a slippery concept. In Britain, since the establishment of the National Health Service, it has often come to be associated only with the NHS, but it has a longer running and wider history. Health policy both predates the NHS and goes beyond it. This report provides an analytical overview of the history of British health policy since 1848.

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