This resource explores the many dimensions of the alleged industrialization of general practice as it has occurred to others in the past, and analyses the origins of the current wave of reform in general practice. It analyses why industrialization is being pursued as a government strategy, and explores its benefits and dangers. It concludes that the medical profession has reasons for being perturbed by industrialization, but that it has advantages as well as disadvantages for the NHS and the public.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 The political economy of family medicine
- Chapter 2 General practice, management, and bureaucracy
- Chapter 3 Forward integration
- Chapter 4 Mass production
- Chapter 5 Evidence-based medicine and the codification of knowledge
- Chapter 6 The arrival of clinical governance
- Chapter 7 What about the patients? Consumerism and producerism in the industrialization process
- Chapter 8 What are the alternatives?