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NHS reforms in the United Kingdom and learning from developing country experience

NHS reforms in the United Kingdom and learning from developing country experience The NHS has been the object of much international interest from its inception and through its periodic reforms. However, UK policy-makers have expressed only limited and selective concern for health sector reforms in other countries. This paper seeks to identify key elements of the present process and content of reforms to the UK NHS and examine the extent to which international learning would be important in developing these reforms. Particular emphasis is placed on learning from developing country experience. The paper therefore considers the policy process in the UK, the focus on primary care, the shift from competitive to collaborative strategies in addition to prioritising and planning. Each is considered in relation to developing country experience and the opportunities for learning. The paper concludes by setting out four areas leading to an international opening in NHS policy processes: developing political space in policy making, developing mechanisms for international exchanges, understanding policy context, and broadening international experience and changing values. The notion of a one-way process in international policy learning is rejected: while the South can learn from the North, so too can the North from the South. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management in Medicine Emerald Publishing

NHS reforms in the United Kingdom and learning from developing country experience

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0268-9235
DOI
10.1108/02689230010346358
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Abstract

The NHS has been the object of much international interest from its inception and through its periodic reforms. However, UK policy-makers have expressed only limited and selective concern for health sector reforms in other countries. This paper seeks to identify key elements of the present process and content of reforms to the UK NHS and examine the extent to which international learning would be important in developing these reforms. Particular emphasis is placed on learning from developing country experience. The paper therefore considers the policy process in the UK, the focus on primary care, the shift from competitive to collaborative strategies in addition to prioritising and planning. Each is considered in relation to developing country experience and the opportunities for learning. The paper concludes by setting out four areas leading to an international opening in NHS policy processes: developing political space in policy making, developing mechanisms for international exchanges, understanding policy context, and broadening international experience and changing values. The notion of a one-way process in international policy learning is rejected: while the South can learn from the North, so too can the North from the South.

Journal

Journal of Management in MedicineEmerald Publishing

Published: May 1, 2000

Keywords: National Health Service; Policy; Developing countries

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