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Healthy debate? Reconstructing third sector influence in the transformed NHS in Wales

O'Neill, Claire and Doheny, Shane 2014. Healthy debate? Reconstructing third sector influence in the transformed NHS in Wales. Contemporary Wales 27 (1) , pp. 127-147.

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The importance of civil society in Wales has been highlighted in the arguments for devolution and the preference for a system of governance that favours citizenship and collaboration over consumerism and the market. This paper considers how the reintegration of the NHS in Wales affected the extent to which civil society in Wales could influence the health service. The paper draws on data gathered through a qualitative study of the participation of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the development of a key healthcare planning document. The study tracked development of this document in a period of profound uncertainty about the future shape and role of civil society in the public sphere in Wales following the removal of the internal market from the NHS in Wales, and the return to an integrated and hierarchically organized healthcare system. Given the importance of the citizen collaboration model of governance, and of civil society networks in Wales, we explore the implications of reorganization for CSOs' influence on healthcare policy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: University of Wales Press
ISSN: 0951-4937
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2021 10:45

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