Andrew Thompson, David R. Steel

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In this chapter we aim to show how the major national reforms of healthcare in Scotland have impacted on the quality and safety of services for patients, carers, and staff. In many ways, when considering the underlying ideas and logic of the way these reforms have been fashioned, Scotland can be seen as a deviant case, in the sense of choosing not to adopt the current orthodoxy of neo-classical economic thinking that has permeated most other developed health systems around the world. It is not as though Scotland is lacking a clear vision of where it wants to get to, nor of how it should get there, but rather it has set its face against neo-liberal ideology and towards a partnership approach that attempts to offer social solidarity and equity of outcomes to its population.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealthcare Reform, Quality and Safety
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives, Participants, Partnerships and Prospects in 30 Countries
EditorsJeffrey Braithwaite, Yukihiro Matsuyama, Julie Johnson
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781472451415, 9781315586373
ISBN (Print)9781472451408, 9781138893665
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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