The plot against the NHS: what you need to know
- By: Fady Atia
If you are a medical student in the United Kingdom, you will know something about the NHS reorganisation, but you might not fully understand the impact the changes will have on the health system. In The Plot against the NHS, Colin Leys and Stewart Player analyse the reforms and the ideas behind them. It is an essential read for medical students wanting to work in the UK who will need to understand where our health system is heading.
Starting with the concordat between the Department of Health and the Independent Healthcare Association in 2000 and finishing with the Health and Social Care Bill in 2011, the authors draw a clear picture of the vision driving the reforms. Primary care trusts have been abolished and GPs have taken over the role of commissioning, and because doctors train primarily in medicine and not in business, we will need help in our new