There have been few more turbulent years for the NHS than 2011. Massive structural reform, one of the largest and most contentious bills in the NHS’ history, a coalition finding its feet and a significant slowdown in spending have all conspired to create an uncertain environment.
Throughout the year, the MHP Health Mandate team has blogged on the biggest issues in health and social care, exploring the politics of health, the reality behind the rhetoric and the practical impact on the services provided to patients.
It is easy just to think of the debate on health in terms of the headlines it has generated. Yet the detail matters. For anyone seeking to influence change – or simply understand it – it is the way in which the principles of reform are applied which will shape the future of health and social care.
This pamphlet brings together the best of our blog to examine the politics of health, the detailed policy which underpins the reforms and the practical change which is shaping services, telling the real story of the year in health and social care.
This year has been one of the momentous years in the history of the NHS. 2011 in blogs brings together the thoughts and arguments of MHP Health Mandate’s expert team of consultants to assess the themes which have really mattered in health and social care, telling the story of the year. We hope you enjoy it.