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Towards Effective Purchasing for Health: meeting the challenge

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Abstract

After an uncertain start following the implementation of the NHS changes in 1991, purchasing is now viewed as the engine for change both in the future configuration of health care services and in the achievement of health gain for local populations. Purchasing’s top place on the policy agenda was secured during 1993 when the then health minister, Dr Brian Mawhinney, sought to articulate in a series of keynote speeches the vision and direction for purchasing (Mawhinney and Nichol, 1993). For Mawhinney, ‘purchasing is about change … Its importance lies in its capacity to anticipate and adapt to change’ (ibid., pp. 3–4).

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Health Authority Labour Party Public Health Management Public Health Setting Public Health Medicine 
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