Industrial Relations in the NHS

Industrial Relations in the NHS

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This is the first book yet written on industrial relations in the NHS and it has been completed at a time of radical and rapid change. Some of the material, particularly in the final chapter, reflects first thoughts about the impact of the new system on industrial relations. The book arose from my teaching experiences with health service practitioners from several of the NHS trade unions and professional associations. Many of these activists, as well as managers, expressed frustration that there was no single source about some of the issues which concerned them. This book is the result of their anxieties. Throughout, I have assumed that the main thrust of government policy towards the NHS, at least since the early 1980s, has been to sell off important sections of the service to the private sector. There is, I believe, strong evidence for this proposition. My argument, however, is based not only on the evidence of government's will to 'privatize', but also on the behaviour of ministers, senior civil servants and senior NHS managers which adds up to a set of policies and practices which together allow the point that government runs the NHS as if it was going to sell it.Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCAT) 115, 116 Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) 116 Unionization levels 362 United Kingdom Central Council 48 Volunteers 269, 270 Wales ... and dental staffs 232 maintenance staff 232 management side 28 managers removed from 194 medical 208 nurses and midwives 209 ... discipline cases 318a€“19 facilities 305 training 304 Single employer bargaining 2 Single-employer combine committee 314anbsp;...

Title:Industrial Relations in the NHS
Author:Roger V. Seifert
Publisher:Springer - 2013-11-11


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