The Tyranny of Health: Doctors and the Regulation of Lifestyle
- By: Andrew Moscrop
“The key event in catalysing the transformation of general practice into an interventionist agency of social control was the election of the New Labour government in May 1997,” asserts Michael Fitzpatrick in his new critique of medical practice and policy in modern Britain.
The benign GP an agent of social control? And Tony Blair responsible? Read on. The author argues convincingly that the government is exploiting the medical profession to promote its popularity and increase its authority over the public.
Fitzpatrick begins his readable and thought provoking polemic by examining recent health scares and contends that these at once express and exacerbate the public's anxieties about health. These anxieties give popular support to health promotion and disease screening strategies. By embracing these strategies within New Labour policies, Tony Blair is perceived as actively intervening to save the nation's health. Moreover, the government's control over the lifestyle and behaviour of the