Milburn, Powell and Hayek: for and against planning in the NHS

J. Mohan

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    This paper contrasts the views of two prominent politicians on the ways in which the distribution of hospital services should be organised, and relates them to the views of Hayek on the nature of planning. It is argued that, in relying on an independent regulator to supervise access to health care under the new 'foundation' hospitals regime in the English National Health Service (NHS), not only is the Labour government distancing itself clearly from old-style top-down planning, it also risks greater variability in the definition of fair access to health care. There are relevant historical parallels with the mixed economy of the pre-NHS era that policy-makers should make explicit.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)54-56
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Health Services Research and Policy
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


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