Betraying the NHS
By (author) Michael Mandelstam
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Betraying the NHS by Michael Mandelstam
Book DescriptionBased on his experiences of helping to fight cuts and closures in Suffolk, Michael Mandelstam delivers a damning verdict on the mismanagement of the NHS at national, regional and local level. He charts the widespread cutbacks and closures, both rural and urban, to clinics, A&E services, beds, wards and scores of community hospitals. He outlines how humane care, particularly for older people, is compromised by the ruthless determination of NHS management to increase patient throughput and hit government-set targets. The author highlights how the chaotic change to the NHS is being driven by concealed agendas - including privatisation of the NHS, obsessive interference from central government as well as selective use, if not abandonment, of evidence-based practice. Seriously flawed and damaging decisions are the result, affecting the population at large as well as those most vulnerable - older people with chronic and complex needs, people with physical or learning disabilities and people with mental health problems. Above all, he exposes the scandalous lack of transparency and accountability behind changes that threaten to destroy the NHS.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781843104827
(234mm x 156mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Quick Guide to Community Care Practice and the Law, Paperback (March 2010)
This short guide cuts through the confusing mass of legislation to provide a concise and jargon-free explanation of current community care practice and the law. It is an essential resource for busy practitioners at all levels as well as managers in both the statutory and voluntary sectors, and policy-makers in local authorities and the NHS.
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and the Law, Paperback (November 2008)» View all books by Michael Mandelstam
The book focuses on how many areas of law apply to vulnerable adults, bringing together an extensive body of case law to illustrate this. Also covered is how local authorities and the NHS may themselves be implicated in the harm suffered. For example, in terms of gross lapses in standards of care and basic dignity sometimes found in hospitals.
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Author Biography - Michael Mandelstam
Michael Mandelstam has provided independent legal advice and training on health and social care matters to the NHS, local authorities and voluntary organisations for over ten years. He previously worked for ten years at the Disabled Living Foundation and for several years in the Department of Health. He has written a number of widely used legal books, including Community Care Practice and the Law, now in its third edition, An A-Z of Community Care Law, Equipment for Older or Disabled People and the Law, and Manual Handling in Health and Social Care: An A-Z of Law and Practice all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
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