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From Cradle to Grave: The History of the NHS 1948-1987, and 1988 Onwards

Part one of this work was published in 1998 by the King’s Fund. The author has now revised it and added a second volume that takes the story of the NHS up to the recent coalition government

Part one of this work was published in 1998 by the King’s Fund. The author has now revised it and added a second volume that takes the story of the NHS up to the recent coalition government.

The dense text of these substantial volumes reflects the complexity of health policy in this country over the past six decades. A consistent theme is constant political and social change throughout this period, and the NHS has had to adapt to those changes to survive in anything like its present form.

New technology has constantly challenged ways of working and ever-increasing patient expectations have added to the pressures on the system.

The changes affecting the nursing profession receive considerable attention so there is plenty here for nurses in higher education to debate.

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