Journal article

'Creating NHS Local': The Relationship between English Local Government and the National Health Service

Jon Glasby, Helen Dickinson, Judith Smith

SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2010

Abstract

Following recent reforms of both local government and the National Health Service, there is significant emphasis in both services on improving inter-agency collaboration, user involvement and strategic commissioning. In response, this article reviews historical debates about the relationship between local government and health care, before arguing that these two 'partners' need each other now more than ever. If local government is to be a 'place-shaper', then it needs significant influence over local health services, while the NHS needs to learn from the best of local government if it is to gain sufficient local legitimacy to take the difficult decisions it needs to take. Against this backgr..

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