Professionals and management

  • Patricia Owens
  • Heather Petch


This chapter continues and elaborates the themes addressed in Chapter 1. The changes in the NHS and social services are examined with reference to the profound effects on the structure and function of professional groups such as nurses, doctors and social workers. Drawing upon their own original research over the last decade, the authors discuss the impact of the introduction of general management, the allocation of budgets to services, the development of internal market principles and the purchaser-provider division. The accumulative effect has been to dismantle traditional professional hierarchies and radically to change accepted patterns of care.


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