The governance of health: medical, economic and managerial expertise in Britain, 1948–2010


  • Prof Sally Sheard

    University of Liverpool

Project summary

Since the creation of the NHS in 1948, there has been a perpetual struggle to balance healthcare needs with the provision of services. Professor Sheard is assessing the shift in who has been given the governance of healthcare throughout post-war Britain, from government ministers to civil servants and management consultants. She is also looking at how the relationship between the government and medical professionals has changed, how the discipline of health economics has developed and how management consultancy businesses have developed their interest and involvement in the NHS.